Keeping ownership of academic research within the academic community – for visibility, impact, access and re-use
Researchers retain re-use rights in their own work
The UK-SCL is an open access policy mechanism which ensures researchers can retain re-use rights in their own work, they retain copyright and they retain the freedom to publish in the journal of their choice (assigning copyright to the publisher if necessary)
Re-use rights retention enables early public communication of research findings and use in research and teaching, including online courses.
Increased visibility of research outputs greatly improves opportunities for increased impact and citations.
A single deposit action under the model policy ensures eligibility for REF2021 and compliance with most funder deposit criteria.
Researchers retain copyright and remain free to assign it to the publisher
Open Access compliance and eligibility challenges
Compliance with funder OA policies can be difficult, and researchers run the risk that their outputs may not be eligible for submission to the post 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).
Many publishers ask researchers to transfer copyright in outputs to the publisher, causing difficulties when researchers seek to re-use results in classroom and online teaching.
The Funding Councils (HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC) have set minimum OA eligibility criteria for REF2021 but encourage institutions to go beyond that minimum and give credit to those that do.
UK HE model open access policy with a standard licence
UK researchers are covered by a number of funder open access (OA) policies, not all with the same requirements.
UK researchers publish in journals with a variety of OA policies, sometimes differing depending on who funds the research.
The resultant “policy stack” is complex, causes confusion amongst researchers and is complex to administer.
The model UK-SCL policy and licence removes this complexity.