Open Access policy

The NIHR policy on Open Access

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the National Institute for Health Research ( NIHR ) require that NIHR-funded researchers seek to publish their research outputs in a peer-reviewed journal that is compliant with the policy on open access:

  • It is expected that the research should be published in a journal that makes it available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use. If this is not possible then the authors must reconsider the appropriateness of the original publication and how to comply with the point above.
  • The above should not prevent researchers from also depositing a copy in their own institutional or another subject-based repository should they choose to do so, or be required to do so by their employing institution subject to any restrictions from the publishers.
  • All peer-reviewed research articles must be OA including uninvited review articles, final reports and executive summaries.
  • In 2019, the NIHR continued to implement its sanctions approach. A small number of awards that failed to provide a submission had sanctions applied.

Read the NIHR Open Access policy for articles submitted before 1 June 2022

Read the NIHR Open Access policy for articles submitted on or after 1 June 2022

NIHR has launched a new publishing platform for all types of research output. NIHR Open Research allows researchers to publish not only study findings but also incremental findings, case reports and even negative findings, thus supporting the entire life cycle of research.

NIHR Open Research provides all NIHR-funded researchers with a place to publish any results they think are worth sharing. All articles benefit from rapid publication, transparent peer review and editorial guidance on making all source data openly available.

NIHR Open Access (OA) funding process

NIHR has published OA funding guidance on how NIHR award holders can access funds to support the implementation of the revised OA policy. View the step-by-step policy guidance for researchers on how to comply with the amended OA policy. 

The BRC’s position on open access

The BRC is committed to disseminating its research as widely as possible. In line with this, it supports the principle that the results of research that have been publicly funded should be freely accessible in the public domain and therefore it encourages its research staff to make their research available through open access.

In line with the NIHR policy on open access, all research papers accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal which are wholly or in part funded by NIHR BRC at The Royal Marsden and the ICR must be made available through open access.

Our position applies to any peer-reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers, final reports or executive summaries), which are supported in whole or in part by NIHR funding, that have been submitted for publication since 1 April 2014, and which are published.

The NIHR managing centres monitor compliance with this policy, including reviewing information that has been reported through Researchfish.

Download the BRC's Open Access Guidelines

The ICR Repository

If a member of The Royal Marsden staff also has an ICR contract/role then they can deposit their article in the ICR Repository. You will need to create an account on Symplectic which feeds into the Repository. To upload onto this Repository, you will need to use the finally accepted author version without any publisher typographer.

For further information please contact:

YiWen Hon (The Royal Marsden Librarian) 020 7808 2515

The ICR Library and Information Service - [email protected] 

Acknowledging the BRC

Any communication arising from NIHR-funded research that enters the public domain, including publications, press releases, websites, presentations, posters and participant materials must correctly acknowledge the NIHR  and use the new NIHR identity.