UKRI recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy through the Green route if:
The journal consents to deposit of the final Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in any repository, without restriction on non‐commercial re‐use and within a defined period. No APC will be payable to the publisher.
Previous open access policy allowed for a publication embargo of no more than 6-12 months between online publication and the final Author Accepted Manuscript becoming Open Access for STEM disciplines. In the case of papers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the maximum embargo period was 12-24 months.
UKRI Open Access Policy 2021, which comes into force on 1 April 2022, requires that there is no embargo between first online publication and availablility of the final Author Accepted Manuscript in an institutional repository. The Author Accepted Manuscript must be available under a CC BY licence.
To apply a CC BY licence to outputs made available via Green routes, authors must follow the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy. See Plan S and publishing your research for more information and to check whether your journal offers a compliant publication route, and any steps you need to take before submission and on acceptance.
Individual research councils like MRC, BBSRC and ESRC, may have specific subject repository requirements for outputs acknowledging their funding. Please check your individual funder's requirements on their website.