UKRI announces new Open Access Policy!

On the 6 th August, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced a new single policy that requires all peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from the 1st April 2022 to be immediately available to everyone, through being Open Access. This policy reflects the momentum and the importance of the Open Access movement. It comes after extensive consultation with the sector and applies to research funding from all UKRI councils. This is a huge announcement that pushes the Open Access movement forward, and we fully support it here at Acaudio. It aligns with our beliefs that are rooted in the desire to make academic accessible to everyone. It disrupts narratives that are readily created, controlled and disseminated in the mainstream media, offering alternative, fascinating and legitimate forms of knowledge that have been locked behind paywalls. Unlocking this repository of knowledge is revolutionary and ever more pertinent in the times we are living in. The impact this will have is massive, and Acaudio will help propel this even further through combining academia with entertainment through our audio summaries.

What does the new UKRI Open Access policy entail?


The new UKRI Open Access policy is aligned with Plan S, supported by cOAlition S. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing, requiring scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants to be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. cOAlition S is an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations committed to implementing Plan S.

In tandem with Plan S, the new UKRI policy applies to both peer-reviewed research articles, and monographs (Source: https://www.ukri.org/news/ukri-announces-new-open-access-policy/):


“For peer-reviewed research articles, key requirements of the new policy include:
– immediate open access for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
– either via the version of record in a journal or publishing platform, or by depositing the authors accepted manuscript (or if permitted by the publisher the version of record) in an institutional or subject repository
– CC BY licence and CC BY ND by exception, including a requirement to notify publisher of licensing at the point of submission


Key requirements of the new policy for monographs published on or after 1 January 2024 include:
– the final version of a publications or accepted manuscript being made open access via a publisher’s website, platform or repository, within a maximum of 12 months of publication
– CC BY licence preferred, but NC and ND licences are permitted.”

What does Open Access mean for academia?


UKRI announced that they have allocated substantial funds to support the implementation of this
policy. The potential this has for society is so exciting, and enriches the way knowledge can be exchanged and built upon. Open Access completely transforms the impact that academic work can have, and we are pioneering the audio element to this movement. There is no drawback to widening the audiences that can engage with work being produced in academic institutions. This development in the academic work has been necessary for a long time, and we are looking forward to seeing its fruitful results.