United Kingdom
Last updated on 
11 May 2020

National Open Access Desk

  • Overview

    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 the 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.

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    Support and Landscape

    At a national level, Jisc offers open access support to its own members and as the National Open Access Desk (NOAD) for OpenAIRE2020.  

    For queries regarding OA in general, Jisc Monitor, Jisc Publications, Router, or if you are a UK project funded by Horizon 2020, please email us:  -- just make sure to indicate which area your query is about in the subject line.

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    National Initiatives

    • Jisc is one of 34+ partners in OpenAIRE Advance and many of its services are used by the OpenAIRE community. These include:

    If you are currently using the Romeo API and haven’t already done so, you will need to register for a new API here: v2.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/api.html 

  • Open Science Policy

    National Policy

    The key purposes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) include:

    • to inform the selective allocation of funding for research
    • to provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment
    • to provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use in the higher education sector and for public information.

    This major exercise is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies (UK Research and Innovation, 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 and scheduled to take place in 2021.

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    Funder policy

    Institutional Policy

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & Aggregators

    Data repositories


    National publishing initiatives

    National agreements with publishers

    Jisc and five UK-based society publishers have signed pilot transitional open access (OA) agreements, now available to UK universities. The agreements are the first to result from work undertaken by Jisc Collections, negotiating with smaller publishers to offer a sustainable transition to OA.

    The Microbiology SocietyPortland PressIWA Publishing, the Company of Biologists and the European Respiratory Society all now offer transitional journal agreements through the national Jisc consortium.

    These ‘read and publish’ two-year pilots allow 100% of UK scholarly output to be published OA in the societies’ hybrid journals, with some including fully OA titles in the fixed-price deals.

    The most extensive UK transitional agreement to date accelerates open access publishing and expands access to one of the most substantial collections of scholarly content. Jisc and Wiley, a global leader in research and education, have struck a four-year “read and publish” agreement that offers researchers at UK universities open access (OA) publishing in all Wiley journals at no cost to them.

    As part of the new agreement, the proportion of OA articles published by UK researchers will increase from 27% to an estimated 85% in year one, with the potential to reach 100% by 2022. The agreement will also enable institutions and their users to access all of Wiley’s journals.


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  • Training & Support

    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, Jisc Monitor, Jisc Publications Router, or if you're a UK project funded by Horizon 2020, please email us: and indicate which area your query belongs to in the subject line.

  • Statistics

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  • News

    20 May 2020
    Originally published on JISC Scholarly Communications. On the 6th of May, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK node and OpenAIRE Advance offered a joint workshop focusing on our efforts with open access/open science initiatives and the underlying importance of research data. This was the 3rd workshop that the RDA UK has offered and the final workshop for the UK's national open access desk...
    24 May 2018
    OpenDOAR, is a Jisc-run, authoritative Directory of Open Access Repositories and each OpenDOAR repository listed has been reviewed by a member of staff to ensure that the OpenDOAR entry is accurate. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories. We currently have the original version and a new beta version of the directory, which ena...
    20 April 2018
    On the 15th of March 2018, we ran the national OpenAIRE workshop for the UK in Birmingham; during the day, there were presentations on three separate projects: Mike Mertens talked about OpenAIRE2020, which concludes at the end of June 2018 and OpenAIRE Advance, which continues much of the work of OpenAIRE2020 until December 2020 consolidating those achievements while working to shift the momentum ...
    06 July 2017
    Each year the UK Research Office (UKRO) organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers. The 2017 edition of the UKRO Annual Conference took place from Thursday 22 to Friday 23 June at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I attended the UKRO’s conference on behalf of Jisc as OpenAIRE’s National Open...
    10 November 2016
    Following Open Access week, on Tuesday, the 1st of November 2016, OpenAIRE, in partnership with Jisc, held a national workshop for UK universities, which focused on the uptake of the Horizon 2020 open access policy in the UK and how to comply with that policy; how to take part in the open research data pilot; and how to take part in the FP7 post-grant open access pilot.  Speakers included: Ma...
    20 January 2016
    As a result of a growing interest from UK researchers and academic support staff on how to apply for the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot funding, a first 'national webinar' on this European Commission funding initiative was held on 19 January. The webinar was targeted to UK-based researchers, project coordinators, research administrators and librarians and sought to: Introduce the pilot, the eligibility r...

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