HEFCE Open Access Policy

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for open access in the next REF states that to be eligible for submission, journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN must be open access. Results from the REF are used by HEFCE to inform how they allocate their quality related research funding to HEIs.


How do I comply with HEFCE’s open access requirements for the next REF?

The final, peer-reviewed accepted version of any journal article or a conference proceeding with an ISSN accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be uploaded to a repository.

SGUL’s Research Publications Policy requires that the upload is made via the CRIS for our institutional repository, SORA.

This image from the HEFCE website shows what is meant by the final, peer-reviewed accepted version:

Date of acceptance

Date of acceptance image HEFCE Open access research FAQs (public domain for open reuse) http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/oa/FAQ/#deposit3


How & when do I deposit?

CRIS and SORA are being developed to meet open access requirements for the next REF.

Deposit your authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscript in CRIS for SORA: please deposit it ASAP, but no later than 3 months from the date of acceptance.

OA uploading PDF in CRIS procedure

For further guidance, please login to your CRIS profile and click on the Help tab at the top right hand side.

There is also information on the HEFCE website at FAQs and What is Open Access?

Information on the results of REF 2014 are available from HEFCE: Results and submissions REF2014, SGUL: How we performed in REF 2014 and there is a searchable database of REF 2014 Impact Case Studies available.



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Last Updated: Friday, 09 December 2016 10:48