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Open Access news

UK Research and Innovation

The new UKRI Open Access Policy is now in effect and aligns with Plan S principles. The new policy will apply to all UKRI-funded authors on articles submitted after 1 April 2022. As of this date all research councils are subject to the same UKRI-wide open access policy, and MRC and BBSRC funded authors must fulfil additional requirements. More information on UKRI Open Access can be found at - including FAQs about what to do if you’re UKRI-funded and wish to publish in a Nature or IEEE journal.

European Research Council

If you have funding from the ERC as part of either the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe framework, please see the ERC guidance on Open Access requirements.

Wellcome Trust

The new Wellcome Trust Open Access policy came into effect on 1 January 2021 and applies to all primary research funded in part or whole by the Trust. Read details of how to comply with Wellcome's Open Access policy.

The British Heart Foundation

The BHF was one of the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) charities but now operates its own funds for Open Access. There is an APC fund administered at Oxford for this funder – read details of how to apply for APCs and information on the requirements of the BHF Open Access policy.

New online resources

Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria

We are pleased to announce that Oxford University members now have access to the online version of Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (BMSAB). This is a microbiology reference work of interest to undergraduates, graduate students and researchers.

Institute of Physics ebooks

The Bodleian Libraries now has access to around 800 Physical Sciences ebooks from the Institute of Physics. Access will run until May 10, 2023 and include new titles as they are published. After this date, titles on reading lists or heavily used will be permanently retained.

Library services

Opening hours

Vacation opening hours start at the RSL and VHL from Monday 14 March. Our hours will be:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 2pm

Vacation loans

RSL books which normally have a 1 week loan period can be borrowed for the whole vacation from 8th week of Trinity term onwards. The due date will be Tuesday 11 October 2022 (Tuesday of 1st week, Michaelmas term). 

Bodleian shared lending policy

In August 2022 the Bodleian Libraries will introduce harmonised lending policies to ease understanding of what can be borrowed and the terms of lending across Bodleian Libraries. 

Some key changes to note are:

  • Terms of borrowing will be consistent across all Bodleian libraries.
  • Borrowers will have a maximum loan allocation that applies across all Bodleian libraries, rather than individual limits per library.
  • Books will be automatically renewed up to the maximum return date unless reserved by another reader.
  • Fines will not apply.  If a requested item is not returned, or an item becomes overdue, a block will be applied on further borrowing until resolved.
  • Access and borrowing rights will be assigned automatically and separate registrations for each library will no longer be necessary.

Please note that college and departmental libraries will continue to have their own separate policies.

The impact of the new lending policy will be assessed during academic year 2022/23 and adjusted as appropriate.

For more information please contact Duncan Jones, Lending Services Project Coordinator,