Open access for the REF

Making your research outputs REF compliant

The HEFCE open access policy requires that all journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) submitted to the next REF are deposited in a repository within three months of acceptance.

What you need to do

Once you receive notification from your publisher that your article has been firmly accepted:

What the Open Access team will do

Open Access staff in the Library will check all Pure records which have documents attached.  They will:

  • check the publisher copyright to ensure that public posting is permitted;
  • set an embargo period where necessary;
  • “validate” the record so it will appear on Explore Bristol Research at the appropriate time.

Further help

Watch a short online tutorial about how to comply with the REF Open Access requirements.

See a guide from the Pure team on how to create a record for an author accepted manuscript in Pure (PDF, 671kB).

Please see the frequently asked questions on our further help and information page if you have further questions about complying with the REF open access policy.

REF Open Access exception request form

Request an exception to the open access requirements of the next REF for a specific paper.

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