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Open Access

Many research funders, keen to maximise the impact of their funding, now require that publications acknowledging awards are made available in an Open Access format.  

The new Open Access policy from UKRI requires immediate Open Access. The policy applies to journal articles from 1st April 2022, and to monographs from 1st January 2024. 

The Library have dedicated webpages for authors affected by the UKRI policy. 

The Open Access policy for the next REF is currently under review as part of a wider assessment. The process is expected to conclude in late 2022. It is expected that the new REF policy on Open Access will align with that of UKRI. 

Until the new policy is announced authors should continue to follow the requirements of the previous REF policy

Northumbria University has adopted an Open Research statement setting out the principle that research publications and data should be as open as possible, as early as possible. Repositories are available to enable Open Access and open data sharing, and central funds are available for the payment of fees associated with Open Access publishing.  

Support is available from the University Library’s Scholarly Communications team. The team administer funds for Open Access payments, manage our institutional repositories and can advise on funder policies and how to achieve Open Access. They can be contacted via, and information is available on the University Library’s Open Access webpages. 

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