Open Access to research outputs - ESRC's policy and your obligations

We are committed to ensuring our research community makes the outputs from ESRC-funded research publicly available.

RCUK announced a new Open Access Policy in July 2012. The policy came into force on 1 April 2013. ESRC-funded researchers are expected to comply with the policy.

Research outputs and outcomes

Our grant holders must deposit their grant outputs and outcomes in the ESRC research catalogue. Grant holders need to use the Research Outcomes System (ROS) to deposit their outputs and outcomes in the research catalogue.

For all grants awarded as a result of applications submitted from 1 October 2006, it is mandatory, at the earliest opportunity, to:

  • deposit a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings, in ROS
  • wherever possible, deposit the bibliographical metadata relating to such articles, including a link to the publisher's website, at or around the time of publication, in ROS.

ROS allows the deposition of over 50 different output types. Outputs include, but are not limited to:

  • journal articles
  • conference and workshop papers
  • unpublished reports and working papers
  • books, book chapters and book sections
  • datasets
  • multimedia and audio-visual materials.

Items that are deposited in ROS may be made publicly available through the ESRC research catalogue and the RCUK Gateway to Research (external website).

Items deposited in ROS are vetted for the exclusion of spam, verification of citations and the correct submission of bibliographical information.

Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors. If we receive proof of copyright violation the relevant item will be removed immediately.

We will ensure that all outputs are accessible and readable for a minimum of 15 years after deposition.

We have implemented an OAI-PMH webservice to allow other repositories and data services access to our research catalogue outputs.

Research data

Grant holders must also comply with our research data policy.

Further information

The SHERPA/RoMEO website provides details of publishers' embargoes and deposit requirements. SHERPA/JULIET provides details of funders' requirements.