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REF delay and depositing papers

REF submission deadline is delayed, but don't stop depositing your papers.

It was announced this week that the 27 November 2020 submission deadline for REF2021 no longer applies. The Research Support team are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates when we receive them.

In the meantime, please continue to deposit your papers as soon as possible after acceptance. We will make them available in line with publisher guidelines and any revised REF requirements.

If you’d like us to prioritise a paper to make it publicly available more quickly, please let us know and we’ll do our best to do this (in line with your publishers Terms & Conditions). You can add a note on the deposit screen in Symplectic, or email us at

This short video explains how the deposit process works in Symplectic.

The good news is that you can use Symplectic from off-campus without logging into Desktop Anywhere (Citrix) first.