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Open access for the next REF

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

Manuscript deposit

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

  • Papers should ideally be deposited within 3 months of acceptance (and no later than 3 months after first online publication)
  • From April 2017, papers must be deposited within 3 months of acceptance

Open access and embargos

Publishers often impose a delay before open access repositories can make manuscripts freely available. Maximum permitted embargos are 12 months (Panels A and B) and 24 months (Panels C and D).

UCL Policy

UCL’s policy is that outputs of all types should be deposited in our institutional repository, UCL Discovery. Find out how to deposit your publications.

Exceptions and more information

A number of exceptions to the policy apply – see our Exceptions page for details. UCL’s implementation of the policy is outlined in this document. See our FAQ­­ for more information on the policy, or contact UCL's Open Access Team for support.


'Non-compliant outputs will be given an unclassified score and will not be assessed in the REF'

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