Most government funding for research in UK universities is directed through Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust, and UK Research and Innovation. Those three funders have all adopted mandates for open access dissemination of the research outputs that they fund. Major charity funders include, Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation, both of whom have open access policies. Further information on funding requirements and publisher policies in the UK and internationally are available through the Sherpa/JULIET and Sherpa/ROMEO services.
Jisc and Jisc Collections have been foremost in their efforts to promote open access initiatives: promoting the desiderata for what publishers could do; the designing and building of such services as the Publications Router and Jisc Monitor, and the continued development of Counter compliant metrics through IRUS. RIOXX standards also are aligned with various UK repositories and with the work done for OpenAIRE Advance.
At a national level, Jisc offers open access support to its own members and as the National Open Access Desk (NOAD) for OpenAIRE2020.
The key purposes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) include:
This major exercise is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies (the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland).
The REF was first conducted in 2014, replacing the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The development of the next exercise is now well underway:
The four main REF panel chairs have been appointed.
For funder and publisher OA policies, please consult the following links:
CORE is jointly run service between Jisc and the Open University. It is an aggregation of open access content from the UK and worldwide repositories and open access journals. It provides a range of services at a single point of interaction: aggregation, search, discovery, analytics, API for text mining access. It offers services to librarians, research managers to provide business intelligence functions to support quality management and also management and compliance reporting.
The service aggregates all open access content distributed across different repository systems worldwide, enriches this content and provides access through a range of services. The aggregated content includes metadata (currently 80m records) and open access research outputs (currently 8.3m full text items) from more than 1000 repositories, from 10,351 journals in the UK and worldwide (currently 70 countries). The Open University’s activity with the OpenMinted project http://openminted.eu/ (providing connectors to publisher OA content from Elsevier, Springer, Frointiers, PLoS ) has also resulted in more OA content (1,831,977) for CORE. CORE interoperates with OpenAIRE by passing all UK RIOXX records (metadata that complies to UK OA policies) to covert to OpenAIRE compliance where applicable.
There are 273 national repositories from the UK listed in Re3Data.
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At a national level, Jisc offers open access support to its own members and as the National Open Access Desk (NOAD) for OpenAIRE Advance.
For queries regarding OA in general:
The United Kingdom has 63 funding agencies which are listed here:
The United Kingdom has 2 funding agency integrated in OpenAIRE: