Open Access

Open Access and REF2020

Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework

In 2014, HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) introduced a ‘Policy for Open Access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.’ The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the next REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must be deposited in an Open Access institutional or subject repository within 3 months of acceptance for publication. The policy affects certain output types – journal papers and conference proceedings with an ISSN, which are accepted for publication after 1st April 2016.

Failure to comply with the policy will result in the disqualification of an output from inclusion in REF 2020.

Actions required of Teesside University academics and researchers

At the point of acceptance, authors should forward the final, peer-reviewed (post-print) version of their output, plus the publisher’s confirmation of acceptance, as soon as possible to the TeesRep team.

At the point of publication, authors should forward confirmation of publication as soon as possible to the TeesRep team.

The TeesRep team will add relevant data and deposit the full text in the repository so that discovery and access requirements are met and that HEFCE deadlines are met.

Embargo periods will still be respected, but must not exceed twelve months for Units of Assessment covered by REF Main Panels A and B (affecting DFI, HSCI and TFI members), and 24 months for Main Panels C and D (covering IDCA and SoFI members’ REF areas). Authors are advised to bear these periods in mind when considering where to publish, and to consult their REF lead for advice.

There are exceptions to the policy, covering several technical and legal scenarios – further details can be found within the policy, and along with general queries can be discussed with the TeesRep team.

Open access aims to make the findings of academic research available electronically, immediately, without charge and free from most copyright or licensing restrictions.

The University has updated its Open Access Publications Policy following the publication of the HEFCE Policy and to ensure our compliance.

Since September 2010, Teesside University has, through an Archiving Mandate, required that all research publications and outputs developed by members of staff are deposited in TeesRep.

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