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.
This was introduced by Research England for the 2021 REF and it continues to apply for the next REF.
Process for University of Reading researchers
- 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).
- If you are unable to deposit your author final version as soon as it is accepted for publication, please email email@example.com for advice about allowable exceptions.