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.
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.
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
The key purposes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) include:
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.
For funder and publisher OA policies, please consult the following links:
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 Society, Portland Press, IWA 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.
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.