Open access

Open access ensures that original research publications – including journal articles, book chapters and monographs – are available to everyone to read and re-use for free.

Our work

Access to healthcare interventions

Everyone should have access to the life-changing benefits of medicines and other healthcare interventions, like vaccines, diagnostics and therapies.

Open research

We want the research we fund – like publications, data, software and materials – to be open and accessible, so it can have the greatest possible impact.


Report March 2015 Updated September 2016

Scholarly communication and peer review

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Commissioned by Wellcome, this report by the Research Information Network examines the current status and possible future direction for the peer review of research papers.

Report March 2014 Updated May 2016

Developing an effective market for open access article processing charges

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A study exploring how research funders can encourage the development of a transparent and reasonably priced article processing charge funded open access market.

Briefings and responses

Consultation response September 2016 Updated September 2016

National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care's Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs

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Consultation response September 2014 Updated May 2016

Independent Review of the Implementation of RCUK Policy on Open Access

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Consultation response January 2013 Updated May 2016

Inquiry into open access

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