Act on Acceptance!

 

HEFCE’s post 2014 REF Open Access Policy

HEFCE requires that to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, the final peer reviewed (‘author accepted’) manuscript of all articles and conference proceedings submitted from 1 April 2016 must be deposited in an open access institutional or subject repository (such as ORA) within three (3) months of being accepted for publication (the date of acceptance being as given in the acceptance letter or e-mail from the publication to the author).

The title and author of these deposits and other descriptive information must be discoverable straight away by anyone with a search engine.

The manuscripts must then be accessible for anyone to read and download once any reasonable embargo period has elapsed.

‘Non-compliant outputs will be given an unclassified score and will not be assessed in theREF’.

The change in policy formally takes effect for outputs accepted for publication from 1 April 2016, but in order to be fully compliant by that date, colleagues are encouraged to start Acting on Acceptance from now.

In response to HEFCE’s changed OA policy, the message, to all academics and researchers employed by the collegiate University, is:

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

The deposited version of the manuscript can be replaced by an updated-peer reviewed version or the published version of record at a later date.

The manuscripts must then be accessible for anyone to read and download once any embargo period has elapsed.

Where outputs have no embargo they must be made open access within one month of deposit.

Listing or posting papers on personal or departmental web sites does not meet HEFCE requirement.

 

Key points of the policy:

*Embargo periods should not exceed the following: 12 months for Science and Medicine (REF Main Panels A and B); 24 months for Social Sciences and Humanities (REF Main Panels C and D)

 

Deposit flow chart

What this means for researchers:

 

Oxford’s  message:  you  deposit;  we’ll  take  care  of  the  rest:

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available if and when it complies with the requirements of your publisher.  

 

Help and advice available from:

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.