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REF Open Access (OA) policy
The open access requirements for REF2021 only apply to:
- Scholarly journal articles and conference papers published in a proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and only if
- Accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 onwards
- DEPOSIT: accepted peer-reviewed manuscript in either an institutional or subject repository within 3 months of its acceptance for publication
- OPEN ACCESS: make deposited manuscript open access
- within 1 month of deposit if there is no publisher-imposed embargo or
- no later than 1 month after the publisher-imposed embargo has expired
MAXIMUM COMPLIANT EMBARGO PERIODS
- 12 months for papers submitted to Panels A and B
- 24 months for papers submitted to Panels C and D
Note that manuscripts deposited in DRO will only be made open access once the particular publisher's embargo has expired
REF requires a manuscript is accessible no later than 1 month form the end of any embargo, or no later than 1 month after the date of deposit if the journal requires no embargo.
What should I do?
Email your final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript to email@example.com. The DRO Team will create a Staff Profile record, transfer a copy record to DRO, check the publisher's repository policy and deposit your file.
- Create your own Staff Profile record
- Upload and attach your final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript
- Link any Durham co-authors to the record which enables its display on their DU web page as well as yours