25 August 2017
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.
- UK universities must ensure all publicly-funded research is published free for anyone to read, either via paying a publishing charge for immediate access ( 'gold open access') or via make the article available in a repository (‘green open access’).
- Some charity funders cover the costs of gold open access via the Charity Open Access Fund. Other charities encourage the use of green open access. Our position statement provides examples of the different ways in which AMRC members are already supporting open access.
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.
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