Important change to OA Policy for REF2021 begins 1 April 2018

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With just a few days to go, it’s the final countdown to  new OA requirements for REF eligibility.

From 1 April 2018 onwards, the OA Policy for REF2021 requires the accepted manuscript for all journal articles and published conference papers to be deposited in Pure no later than three months after the date of acceptance (previously three months after the date of publication).

The accepted manuscript is the author’s final draft, after the changes from peer review have been incorporated but before it is sent to the publisher for typesetting. It is not the proof copy or the final published version.

Failure to comply with the policy will result in journal articles and conference papers being given an unclassified score for the REF.

Training and Support

To ensure your publications are eligible for REF 2021, please take a look at the OA Team’s  short video guide or sign up to one of our 30 minute training sessions.

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