Cancer Research UK have announced they will adopt an immediate open access policy from January 2022. Their priority is the effective dissemination and early availability of research for patient benefit.


CRUK are becoming a supporter of Plan S but are not becoming a signatory at this stage, and will still provide funding for open access publishing costs for CRUK-funded articles in hybrid journals.

The new policy will require immediate open access upon publication for articles accepted from 1 January 2022. Immediate open access can be achieved either by publishing gold open access in fully open access, hybrid, or transformative journals, or via green open access (self-deposit of the article in EuropePMC). Researchers must ensure their articles are available in EuropePMC immediately on publication.   

Implications for the Charity Open Access Fund are expected to be announced at the end of May 2020.

CRUK are encouraging other funders to signal their support for Plan S and work with institutions, researchers and publishers to create immediate open access publishing options for authors.