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Research Operations Office


Published on 18 July 2014

Notification from the Open Access Project Team at the University Library

As you may be aware, HEFCE have recently announced a new policy for open access in relation to future research assessments. This policy will run in parallel with other funder open access policies including RCUK, Wellcome Trust and others.

To be eligible for the REF, authors are now required to deposit their accepted, peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in an institutional repository, at the time of acceptance for publication. Some embargo periods are acceptable.

The implication is that we must have 100% of Author’s Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) available through an institutional repository by 1 April 2016. This is a massive challenge and we are therefore taking HEFCE’s advice to begin implementation now. We aim to work with authors towards collecting 50% of articles accepted for publication by December 2014.

Collecting author accepted manuscripts represents a significant change in publishing workflows for authors. The potential impact of not uploading is ineligibility for the REF and future grant funding, so we are keen to work with Grants Administrators to communicate the message effectively to researchers. 

There will be two briefing sessions on the University's, HEFCE and related funder policies and the current Open Access Service. We have also invited Librarians to attend these sessions.

The sessions will be held in the Milstein Room, University Library on Monday 21st June at 14:15 and repeated on Wednesday 23rd July at 11:00

We plan to repeat the sessions in early September for those that cannot attend the July sessions. The September dates are yet to be confirmed. 

If you have any queries please contact Michele Ide-Smith