Open access policy

Published outputs that arise from our funding must be open and accessible to everyone.

From 1 January 2020 our open access policy is changing [PDF 150KB]. Read our explainer about what will be different and why, and our frequently asked questions [PDF 268KB] for more information about the changes.

The main output of research is new ideas and knowledge, which we expect our researchers to publish as high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles, monographs and book chapters.

We believe that maximising the distribution of these publications – by providing free, online access – is the most effective way of ensuring that the research we fund can be accessed, read and built upon. In turn, this will foster a richer research culture.

We therefore support unrestricted access to the published output of research as a fundamental part of its charitable mission and a public benefit to be encouraged wherever possible.

Specifically, we:

Find out more about how authors of research articles, monographs and book chapters are required to comply with our open access policy.

Information for publishers, including service requirements if an open access fee is paid, can be found in the publishers' guide [PDF 1.8MB].

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