Open access

Last reviewed 
14 December 2015

Open access allows research publications to be freely available to everyone. The UK government is committed to open access publication of all publicly-funded scientific research, accepting the recommendations of the Finch report

Policy 
  • UK universities must ensure all publicly-funded research is published free for anyone to read, with a preference for 'gold open access' and will receive additional funds to cover these publication costs.
  • However, if charity funders cover the costs of gold open access, it could reduce the funds available to directly support research. 
Quality and standards 
  • Charities have a duty to put useful research findings into the public domain.
  • We advise all AMRC members to include a requirement to publish (within a reasonable time frame) in the terms and conditions of their awards.
  • We have published a position statement on open access with examples of the different ways in which AMRC members are already supporting open access.
Data and impact 
  • 16 AMRC members are supporting free access to biomedical literature via Europe PubMed Central
  • 6 AMRC members are providing funding for open access through a joint Charity Open Access Fund.
  • AMRC members are using Researchfish to collect evidence that their research grants have led to publications, and where these are open access
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