New REF regulations for published research papers from 1 April

NMUnder the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Open Access Policy, all peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers, accepted for publication from 1 April 2016, must meet open access requirements to be eligible for the next REF.

The University has developed an internal support approach which will minimise additional work for staff and postgraduate research students. When a paper is accepted for publication, the author must deposit the accepted manuscript into USIR as soon as possible. Colleagues in the Library will then either make sure that all other requirements under the HEFCE Policy are met, or, contact the author to advise on next steps.

Nigel Mellors, PVC Research and Enterprise said “It is vital that every researcher deposits their accepted manuscripts into USIR as soon as they are accepted for publication. We want to make sure that all our research is discoverable, and that none of our excellent research outputs are ineligible for submission to the next REF just because they didn’t follow this simple process.”

For more information please contact the Library Open Access Team on 56370 or

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