Open Scholarship

We are in the midst of a shift towards greater openness in research – in terms of both research processes and access to the outputs of scholarship. However, although there have been significant moves over the past two decades, there are still variations in practice across disciplines and types of output. Policy, regulatory environment (especially around copyright and licensing), and technology all have a role to play in making the shift to open. RLUK will support its members in moving towards an ‘open by default’ setting.

RLUK works with members and Jisc to deliver sustainable deals with publishers for OA publishing that promote efficiency, value-for-money, and equality in terms of access to content and publishing venues.

We engage with funding bodies to ensure RLUK members are able to help fulfil open access mandates, including ensuring an effective rights environment to enable openness.

RLUK is represented on the following external groups: UUK/Jisc content negotiation strategy group, Jisc’s Content expert group, Library purchasing coordination group, Learning content expert group, UKRI Open Access Policy Stakeholder Forum, Open Access Monographs Steering Group, Jisc-Elsevier Open Science Group, and the Open Research Competencies Coalition (ORCC).


David Prosser


Chris Banks

Jane Harvell

RLUK Networks

RLUK’s Networks explore areas of professional or strategic interest to members, and work closely with the Board and Executive to deliver RLUK’s strategic objectives.

The Open Scholarship strategic strand is supported by:

The Open Strategy Network (OSN) a professional peer network for RLUK members leading Scholarly Communication, Open Science, Open Research, Open Scholarship and related activities within member libraries.

The Open Access Publisher Processes Group (OAPP) is formed from colleagues across RLUK and Jisc. The group focuses on the challenges, barriers, and other issues in relation to publisher OA practices and processes.

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