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Open access

We strongly support increasing access to the findings of public funded research. 


Open access to research makes it easier for business and the voluntary and public sectors to access research findings. It could also enhance the wider public understanding of research and has the potential to make conducting research easier. 

SFC therefore welcomes the Finch report and the Secretary of State’s response and looks forward to the continuing debate on how best to expand access to public funded research outputs.

On behalf of the four UK funding bodies, the former HEFCE published information and audit requirements in the policy for Open access in the post-2014 REF (now on the Research England website).

Open Access Review

As part of UK Research and Innovation’s Open Access Review, a consultation has been published.

The consultation is aimed at any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research and innovation. It sets out UKRI’s proposed open access policy and related considerations and asks questions to gather views and evidence. It also includes questions to help inform the development of the open access policy for research outputs submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise following REF 2021.

The closing date for responses is 17 April 2020.