The aim of the Repository is to:
On April 1, 2013 the new Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy on Open Access will take effect whereby RCUK-funded authors must publish in RCUK-compliant journals. A journal is RCUK-compliant if it offers a suitable gold option (author/institution pays to publish) or a suitable green option (self-archiving in a repository). It need not offer both.
To offer a suitable gold option, a journal must provide immediate (unembargoed) OA to the version of record from its own web site, under a CC-BY license, and must allow immediate deposit of the version of record in an OA repository, also under a CC-BY license. It may but need not levy an Article Processing Charge (APC).
To offer a suitable green option, a journal must allow deposit of the peer-reviewed manuscript (with or without subsequent copy editing and formatting) in an OA repository not operated by the publisher. It must allow non-commercial reuse. It may require an embargo of up to 12 months for work funded by the AHRC and the ESRC, and up to six months for work funded by any other Research Council. The journal must not charge a fee for this option.
The RCUK will give block grants to universities to pay APCs on behalf of faculty who publish RCUK-funded research in journals offering a suitable gold option and charging an APC.
Articles arising from RCUK-funded research must also include "a statement on how the underlying research materials - such as data, samples or models - can be accessed."
The policy applies to authors whose research is "wholly or partially funded" by the RCUK.
The majority of publishers support the right of authors to make their own work available online and the repository team will be happy to check journal copyright conditions on your behalf.
The process is as follows: