On 6 August, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) published its long-awaited report on its future approach to Open Access publishing.
UKRI’s Report on Open Access protocols sets out its policy for the future accessibility of research, as funded by its research councils, and published in journal articles, monographs and edited collections.
In an extended RHS blog post, Society officers past and present (Margot Finn, Richard Fisher, Emma Griffin and Peter Mandler) review UKRI’s policy announcement: setting out its implications for historians, and — equally importantly — what remains unknown at this stage.
UKRI is the overarching body responsible for government research strategy and funding for universities in the UK. It brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) — along with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) — with which many historians will be most familiar as a source of PhD and grant funding.