Open Access Policies

All researchers have a responsibility to make their work open access in accordance with their funders’ policies. Even researchers without a specific funding grant must make their work open access in accordance with the REF Open Access Policy.

We have summarised the policies of the largest funding bodies that support research at the University of Bristol and explained how to follow them within our procedures. Please look at your funder’s requirements below. If you have multiple funders, you must abide by the requirements of all of them.

If your funder is not on this list, please check with them for their open access policy, or contact the library research services team.

Open access policy guides

Other funders, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust, also have requirements around open access publication of the research they fund.

For information on some common funders' Open Access policies, please see this collection of ‌Additional Funder Open Access Polices (PDF, 203kB). Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Always check with your funder to ensure you are compliant with their policies.

For further advice on meeting your funder’s requirements, please contact your Research Support Librarian.

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