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HEFCE Open Access Policy for the REF – University of Reading

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HEFCE Open Access Policy for the REF

Summary of policy

The policy requires final versions of journal articles, and conference proceedings with an ISSN, to be deposited in an open access repository no later than 3 months after acceptance for publication, in order to be eligible for the Outputs component of the REF.

Outputs which have been deposited within 3 months of acceptance will comply with the policy, either by meeting the policy’s open access requirements or will be covered by its exceptions.

Our implementation

The policy is effective for outputs accepted for publication after 1st April 2016, but HEFCE advised universities to implement it early. The University has applied this policy since 1st October 2014.

Process for University of Reading researchers

  1. Deposit the author final manuscript of journal articles and conference proceedings in CentAUR as soon as accepted for publication. (If your publisher says you have to wait before depositing your article in a repository, upload it immediately and CentAUR staff will close access to comply with the publisher policy).
  2. If you are unable to deposit your author final version as soon as it is accepted for publication, please email for advice about allowable exceptions.

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