REF Open Access Policy

To be eligible for REF 2021 all journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be deposited in a compliant open access repository.

Do not hesitate to contact the team at for further assistance.

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REF2021: Don't get locked out

What do I need to do?

Use myPublications to deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript once it has been accepted by the publisher, and absolutely within 3 months of first publication. Outputs that fail to meet these timescales can't be submitted to the REF.

Step-by-step instructions 

What happens then?

The Research Services Unit in the Library check every manuscript for publisher copyright, relevant embargos, and review the metadata before making it available via White Rose Research Online (WRRO), the University's publications repository.

REF Open Access workflow