UCL Library Services


If my paper is (or will be) published open access, should I still upload it?

If your paper is published as Gold open access - i.e. open access on the publisher's website - under a licence that permits copying and reuse, you do not need to upload it to RPS. The paper falls under an exception for Gold open access in the REF policy.

Most open access papers are published under a Creative Commons (CC) licence, which meets these requirements. If your paper is open access, but does not have a Creative Commons (CC) licence, you should upload the final accepted manuscript to RPS within 3 months of first online publication.

Accepted manuscripts deposited in other repositories (e.g. Europe PubMed Central, or another institution’s repository), either by authors or publishers, need to be uploaded to RPS as well.