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Depositing research to UBIR: REF 2020: open access compliancy

REF 2021

"To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection”

- HEFCE policy on open access

REF 2021 and open access: key points

  • Research intended for submission to REF 2021 is expected to be made open access
  • Authors' manuscripts are to be made open access on acceptance for publication
  • This policy came into force on 1st April 2016
  • Between 1st April 2016 and 1st April 2017 there is three-month grace period to enable you to make the research open access
  • The HEFCE policy applies to journal articles and book chapters

REF compliance at the University of Bolton

To ensure you achieve open access compliance for the REF, you are advised to deposit you research in UBIR

Contact the UBIR Team for guidance. 

REF 2021: what do you know?

Click on the image below to enter the REF 2021 open access quiz:

Click here to enter the REF 2021 quiz!

Funder compliancy

To establish how you can achieve open access compliancy for funded research, you can check SHERPA FACT (Funders and Authors Compliance Tool), available here:

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