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Open access for the next REF

There is an open access policy for the next Research Excellence Framework.


To be eligible for submission to the next REF, journal articles and conference proceedings accepted from 1 April 2016 must have been deposited in an open access repository.

  • It is best practice to deposit in UCL Discovery as soon as your work is accepted for publication. Outputs not deposited within 3 months of publication cannot be submitted to the REF.
  • The version to deposit is the final accepted manuscript (after peer-review, but before the publisher’s typesetting).

UCL’s policy is that outputs of all types should be deposited in UCL Discovery, including books and book chapters.


Publishers often impose a delay on making manuscripts available through open access repositories. The REF policy makes allowances for journal embargoes. The maximum permitted periods are 12 months (Panels A and B) and 24 months (Panels C and D). For details of your journal's embargo period, contact the Open Access Team or check Sherpa ROMEO.

More information and Exceptions

See our FAQ­­ for more information on the REF policy. 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 FAQ for details. Contact UCL's Open Access Team for support.

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