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Cancer Research UK new open access policy 01 January 2022

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) have adopted an immediate open access position (no embargo) from 01 January 2022. They are also encouraging grant holders to post pre-prints of their work in a platform indexed in Europe PMC.

The University Library Research Services team manages the CRUK open access block grant (OABG) awarded to the University, and we shall be delivering an online engagement/advocacy event with CRUK grant holders early in 2022. If you have any initial questions about the funds, compliance requirements from January 2022, or the three publishing routes to compliance, please do drop us an email

What are the key requirements?

  • An electronic copy of the research paper must be made freely available in Europe PubMed Central at the time of final publication;
  • The open access version of the research paper must be published with a CC BY 4.0 licence;
  • Authors must acknowledge Cancer Research UK funding in the funding acknowledgement section of the paper, using the grant reference number.

Which content does this apply to?

  • All primary research publications, published in peer-reviewed journals, during the award or after the funding period has ended
  • Publications which are funded in whole or in part by CRUK
  • Publications with multiple authors, including where only some of whom are CRUK funded
  • Publications in collaboration with overseas partners

Read the CRUK statement

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