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Open Access

Northumbria University's vision is to grow our high quality research and apply our knowledge for the benefit of individuals, society and the economy. Open Access publication is now integral to scholarly communication, and will help us to achieve this aim.

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Many research funders, keen to maximise the impact of their funding, now require that publications acknowledging awards are made available in an Open Access format. UKRI announced a new Open Access policy in August 2021, which will require immediate access to journal articles from 1st April 2022, and to monographs from 1st January 2024. A policy on Open Access publication for the next REF will be announced later in 2021.

Northumbria University has adopted an Open Research statement setting out the principle that research publications and data should be as open as possible, as early as possible. Repositories are available to enable Open Access and open data sharing, and central funds are available for the payment of fees associated with Open Access publishing. 

Support is available from the University Library’s Scholarly Communications team. The team administer funds for Open Access payments, manage our institutional repositories and can advise on funder policies and how to achieve Open Access. They can be contacted via, and information is available on the University Library’s Open Access webpages.

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