UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) released their latest Open Access Policy in March 2022. All quotes below are taken from the policy itself.
The policy sets out several routes for making in-scope research openly available: either in a “journal or publishing platform which makes the Version of Record immediately open access via its website” or by “deposit[ing] the Author’s Accepted Manuscript in an institutional or subject repository at the time of final publication.”
The policy also states that ‘in-scope research articles…include a Data Access Statement.”
This applies to “in-scope research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022 and in-scope monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024.”
Outlined below is how Figshare’s institutional repository functionality and capabilities meet the UKRI’s requirements for institutional and subject repositories.
This example is from Loughborough University’s Figshare-powered institutional and data repository, https://repository.lboro.ac.uk/.
In this example, Figshare mints a Handle for a journal article in Loughborough’s repository. The Handle is citable when a user clicks on the 'Cite' button as shown below:
The machine-readable metadata fields state the deposited version and the official version of record from the publisher’s date information and the license shown on this page is the license for the metadata and item on Figshare, not the license of the original publisher version of the manuscript. This can be assigned a CC0 license as advised by UKRI:
The linked DOI from the publisher is made available in the metadata:
How Figshare meets the Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research
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