Open Access for the REF
The REF Open Access Policy
The REF open access policy states that articles and conference papers not uploaded within 3 months of
first online publication cannot be submitted to REF 2021. UCL researchers must upload their final accepted manuscripts to UCL’s Research Publications
Service (RPS). It is best practice to upload as soon as your paper is accepted for publication.
UCL’s policy is that outputs of all types should be uploaded to RPS, including books and book chapters. The Open Access Team will review your manuscript, and make it open access through UCL Discovery according to the publisher’s copyright permissions.
PDF guides below will show you how to maintain
your list of publications in RPS and upload your manuscripts.
- Key information
- RPS search settings
- Automatic publication claiming
- Claiming publications in RPS
- Record a publication in your RPS profile
- Has my paper been uploaded?
- Upload your publication to RPS
- What is the final accepted manuscript?
- ORCID for UCL researchers
- REF Assessment in RPS - OA flags
Our FAQs answer common questions about the REF OA policy. The REF policy makes allowances for journals' embargoes on making manuscripts open access through repositories. The maximum permitted periods are 12 months (Panels A and B) and 24 months (Panels C and D). In certain circumstances, a paper can be submitted to the REF even though it does not comply with the REF Open Access Policy. See the Exceptions section of our FAQs for details. Contact UCL's Open Access Team for support.