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The new UKRI Open Access Policy applies to:

  • peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022.
    • Includes reviews and conference papers accepted for final publication in a journal, conference proceeding with an
      International Standards Serial Number (ISSN), or publishing platform.
  • Monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024

UKRI will cover the cost of publishing in a journal that is: 

 a  transformative journal.

• a journal that is part of a transitional agreement recognised by JISC that the University has signed up to: Getting published open access - Research support - LibGuides at Teesside University.

Please note: authors are not able to use UKRI OA funds to pay for APCs for Springer Nature, Nature Research journals and Palgrave journals as they are hybrid journals and not part of a transitional agreement that meets the requirements. Authors chan check the status of these and other journals at Sherpa.  Please check with the Research Support Team if you are unsure. 


Publishing Routes for journal articles submitted after 1st April 2022

Route 1: publisher Open Access

For research articles published via open access journals the Version of Record (VoR) must be made open access on publication via its webiste with a CC BY licence (or CC BY-ND licence if permission granted by UKRI ) or other permitted licence. If publishing by this route, Teesside University requires you to deposit the VoR in the University's research repository TeesRep on Publication.

Route 2: self-archiving/repository open access

For research articles published in a subscription journal the Author's Accepted Manuscript (AAM) (or VoR where publisher permits) is to be deposited into TeesRep at the time of final publication with no embargo.

To ensure it is clear at the point of submission which licence you are applying to your AAM you must include the following statement in the acknowledgements section of your manuscript and any submission or cover letter/note:

For the puropose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attibution (CC BY) licence [where permitted by UKRI, 'Open Government Licence' or 'CC BY-ND licence' may be stated instead] to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.


Both publishing routes require a Data Access Statement:

• You must include a data access statement in your article (preferably in the acknowledgements section) even where there is not data associated with the article, or where the data are inaccessible.
• This informs readers where the underlying research materials associated with a paper are available, and how the research materials can be accessed. The statement can include links to the dataset, where applicable and appropriate.
• Your research data should be deposited in TU Research Data Repository.

UKRI have published an Information Pack to provide help for organisations and researchers in understanding the new UKRI Open Access Policy.

UKRI (2021) Open access policy. Available at: UKRI open access policy – UKRI

The new NIHR Open Access policy applies to journal articles submitted for publication on or after 1 June 2022

  • The policy applies to all peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers arising from:

  • Monographs are not included in this policy.

  • The publisher must make the Version of Record (VOR) immediately available on its publishing platform and apply a  Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY) or Open Government Licence (OGL) if subject to Crown Copyright, to ensure maximum impact so no barriers to reuse. ​CC BY ND may be permitted on a case by case basis.
  • Submissions to subscription journals must include the following text in the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript and any cover letter/note accompanying the submission:
    • "For the purpose of open access, the author has applied [a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence] [an ‘Open Government Licence’] (or where permitted by the National Institute for Health Research) [a Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives (CC BY-ND) licence] to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising".
  • Authors must archive the most up to date Version of Record (VoR) or the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM)in PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC to ensure articles are freely discoverable. ​
  • Researchers should deposit a copy of the VoR of AAM into their institutional repository: TeesRep
  • In-scope research articles must include:
    • A data sharing statement describing how the underpinning research data can be shared or reasons why if the data cannot be shared. 
    • Your research data should be deposited in TU Research Data Repository.
  • NIHR will pay reasonable fees to enable immediate open access  (Article Processing Charges). fees.  Please see NIHR Open Access Publications Funding Guidance for full details.