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OA and the next REF

The four UK HE funding bodies believe that research arising from their funding should be as widely and freely accessible as the available channels for dissemination allow. Open Access to research enables the prompt and widespread dissemination of research findings. It benefits the efficiency of the research process and allows publicly funded research to drive economic growth. It delivers social benefits through increased public understanding of research.

HEFCE have announced that for the next REF, journal articles and conference papers with an ISSN must be uploaded to Pure within 3 months of the date of acceptance.  Items will then be made OA in line with the publisher's policy. Articles and conference papers within journals, and accepted after 1st April 2016, must have the author's accepted manuscript deposited into Pure within 3 months of the date of acceptance in order to be OA eligible for the REF. Full information is given below including the link to the guide

Files can also be deposited into subject repositories, however HEFCE states that authors must ensure that their chosen subject repository meets the requirements of the policy. Items added to Pure have the benefits of being checked for OA compliance, full inclusion in reporting and as an institutional repository, Pure meets HEFCE's requirements. The details of all items must be added to Pure.

The Research Support Team  provides support and guidance to enable outputs to gain increased visibility and discoverability via OA and to achieve REF OA eligibility. The team are very happy to provide support by email and by quick "REF ready" desk visits.

4 step quick guide to making articles Open Access via Pure

Upload the file of the full text of the article into Pure. The file will then be made OA in line with the publisher's policy on OA.

Full instructions on how to add files to Pure.

The Author's Accepted Manuscript is required. This is the version with the final academic content but without the logo's, fonts and typesetting of the publisher's final version. 

Type the full acceptance date, and add the evidence which can be the DOI if it links to a page with the acceptance date or the acceptance email from the publisher.

The Sherpa Romeo website provides information on publisher's OA policies. The information is also shown on Pure when adding records.

Guidance for articles that are published OA.

Can be considered if requirements are or can not be met.

Pure records checking

Pure compliant logo

The Research Support Team provides a record and file checking service and will contact authors to ask for files and clarification.

The HEFCE policy for Open Access in the next REF


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