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Research England Review of Open Access Policy Implementation in UK Higher Education

Published on behalf of the Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust and JISC, the Monitoring Sector Progress towards Compliance with Funder Open Access Policies report examines the results of an August 2017 survey of UK HEIs. For the first year of the HEFC REF policy issued in April 2016, over 80% of outputs were either compliant with the HEFC policy or had an allowable exception. HE institutions reported that they were making particular efforts towards making their most significant research available through open access, although this did vary by discipline. Use of Gold open access payments to make research immediately available to all readers was being most widely adopted in the natural sciences, often using the specific RCUK and Wellcome/COAF grants provided. (14 June)