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A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Use SHERPA JULIET to find out the Open Access policy of your funder


SHERPA JULIET gives information about the Open Access policies of funding agencies such as RCUK, Wellcome Trust and major charities.

If your funder is not listed please contact them directly, or get in touch with the e-space team.

Hefce Policy on Open Access

In 2014 Hefce published their policy on the role of Open Access in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).  This states that:

  • articles published in journals or conference proceedings with an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) after 1 April 2016 must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication and no later than 3 months after this date.

  • embargoes set by the publishers will be respected and ‘closed’ deposits will be admissible to the REF.

  • other research outputs are encouraged to be OA.

You can read the full Hefce policy here:

RCUK Policy on Open Access

Research Councils UK (RCUK) require all peer-reviewed articles published in journals and conference proceedings which acknowledge Research Council funding to be published open access.