Within three months of the date accepted for publication, authors need to deposit in RIS:
metadata (description of research output)
full text (author's accepted manuscript)
Outputs under embargo can be submitted to REF 2021.
Acceptable embargo periods, by REF panel, are:
When choosing a publication journal ensure they permit a REF-acceptable embargo period.
REF Open Access requirements apply to papers accepted from 1 April 2016
The policy covers journal articles and conference papers which are in a publication with an ISSN. No other type of material is required but HEFCW / HEFCE are keen to see universities make as much as possible open access and universities will get credit for going beyond the requirements.
You must deposit your author accepted manuscript within 3 months of the date of acceptance to be eligible for REF.
There are some exceptions to the REF Open Access requirements. Exceptions include:
Find out more about RIS & Cronfa in our Institutional Repository Guide.
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