What is the Open Access policy for REF 2021?

Answered By: Open Access Team
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2018     Views: 220


The Open Access Policy for REF 2021 has mandated green open access. The policy has two major parts:

  • a requirement to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings into an institutional repository or subject repository within three months of acceptance (previously within three months of publication); and

  • a requirement that papers are made open access as soon as possible after publication and do not exceed the embargo limits (12 months REF Main Panels A & B; 24 months REF Main Panels C & D).

The updated policy applies to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2018. Click here for more information.

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