Leeds University Library

Open access and the next REF: what you need to know

Published Friday 27 March 2015

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Find out about requirements for research publication in place from 1 April 2015.

As outlined in the University publications policy, all research outputs accepted for publication from 1 April 2015 must be deposited into the institutional repository.

We are implementing this policy now to ensure that we are well placed to comply with the HEFCE open access requirements for publications in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF).

In particular, it is vital that all newly accepted journal articles and conference papers are deposited to ensure they are eligible for the next REF.

For all research outputs accepted for publication from 1 April 2015, researchers must:

  • Record the bibliographic details in the University's publications database, as soon as possible and no later than three months after acceptance.
  • Deposit full text copies ie the final author accepted version of journal articles and conference papers (and where appropriate, monographs) in the institutional repository as soon as possible and no later than three months after acceptance.

The Library will check copyright and apply any embargoes.

More detailed information and guidance is available on our Researcher@Library webpages.

Check whether your School has local plans to help you manage this process.

Guides explaining how to deposit on acceptance are available inside the help section of the Publications database