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Northumbria University Open Access Policy

The University Open Access policy has been designed to ensure scholarly publication at Northumbria meets the opportunities and challenges presented by OA, whilst ensuring compliance with funder and HEFCE requirements.

A key principle of the policy is that selection of journal titles for publication and access to the University’s publication fund, is an academic decision made in Departments.

The University Library’s Scholarly Publications Team manage Northumbria Research Link (NRL) and the University’s publication fund as services to support this policy, and alongside Research and Business Services, are available to provide detailed support and guidance.


  1. Northumbria University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of individuals, communities and the economy, and recognises the value Open Access can bring to this mission.

  2. Northumbria University supports an optimal balance of Green and Gold Open Access, in order to ensure maximum impact of Northumbria’s research, and compliance with funder and funding council policies.

  3. Northumbria University will achieve Green OA wherever possible via digital deposit of full text in the University’s institutional repository Northumbria Research Link (NRL).

    1. The accepted author manuscript of all journal articles and conference papers must be deposited in NRL upon acceptance for publication.
    2. Access to full text in NRL can be restricted to comply with publisher policies.
    3. During periods of restricted access, or to provide users with the version of record, the NRL “request a copy” button may be used by external visitors.
    4. The University Library will continue to develop NRL and related digital services to maximise OA at Northumbria.

  4. Northumbria University supports Gold OA for selected articles by payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) from the institutional publication fund.

    1. The publication fund comprises revenue investment from the University, and APC funding as part of RGCI, including the RCUK block grant.
    2. All journal articles and conference papers resulting from RCUK funding will be eligible for an APC payment.
    3. All journal articles and conference papers resulting from research where APC funding was included in the award will be eligible for an APC payment.
    4. Additional journal articles may be eligible to access this fund, subject to academic selection within Faculties.
    5. All outputs subject to payment of an APC from the publication fund must be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY).
    6. The University Library administers the publication fund and provides expert practical guidance including on compliance with funder and publisher policies.

  5. Research and Business Services will provide support, advice and guidance on expected costs of publishing, including APCs, and how these costs should be included in funding proposals, or claimed from the research funder at the earliest opportunity.

  6. The University Library is committed to ensuring fair prices for APCs which should reflect the cost of journal subscriptions to Northumbria University. The University Library will monitor hybrid Gold costs for ‘double-dipping’ and negotiate with suppliers accordingly.

  7. Northumbria University staff should inform external co-authors of this policy.

  8. This policy will be reviewed annually and a report presented to the University's Research and Innovation Committee.

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