REF 2021 Open Access Policy

Research England and the three other UK HE funding bodies believe that the outputs of research should be as widely accessible as possible. For this reason, a policy has been introduced for open access in relation to REF 2021. The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the next REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. For the policy document please see the Research England website.