The Open Access policy for the next REF has been amended.
To be eligible for submission to the next REF, HEFCE now requires that the full-text of journal articles and published, peer-reviewed conference proceedings (with an ISSN) are deposited in an open access repository within 3 months from acceptance. This is a change from the previous timeframe of 3 months from first publication (in place since 1st April 2016).
A new deposit exception to the policy has been created to cater for publications being added to an open access repository in accordance with the old timeframe. Any publication that misses the new timeframe (3 months from acceptance) but meets the old timeframe (3 months from first publication) will be eligible to claim this exception. This exception will remain in place for the whole of the REF2021 publication period.
This change is required for all eligible publications accepted for publication on or after 1st April 2018. The version of the publication required by HEFCE to be deposited in an open access repository is the author’s accepted manuscript.
Further details can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/oa/Policy/.