For the new UKRI Open Access Policy and existing research councils policy, see making your research publications open access.
For the UKRI and research council research data policies, see making your research data open.
Read Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, UKRI Executive Champion for Open Research, outlining the benefits of UKRI’s new open access policy.
Open research embodies the ideas of best research practices by opening up participation in – and access to – the research lifecycle. It covers a wide range of practices and principles related to how research is carried out and enables research to take advantage of technical advances.
Publications, data, protocols and equipment all support dissemination, verification and reproducibility of research findings as well as re-use by, for example, other researchers and industry. Open research has strong links with policies in other areas such as research integrity, research culture, digital infrastructure, talent and skills and research ethics.
On this page you will find resources predominantly referring to open access and open research data. However, we recognise that open research covers a much broader range of activities than this and new resources will be added as they become available.
This was an active policy area before UKRI was formed, so some older guidance refers to RCUK and HEFCE policies. UKRI will next undertake a review of open research data and software policy and practice. These activities will support the formation of new UKRI materials.