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Research eligibility for REF 2021

Published: 1 July 2016

Ensure your research is eligible for REF 2021

The new REF Open Access Policy from HEFCE came into force on 1 April 2016.

The policy applies to journal articles and conference papers with an ISSN. To guarantee that your papers will be eligible for the next REF you need to ensure an author accepted manuscript is uploaded to our institutional repository on acceptance of the paper.

HEFCE state that:

“Any output submitted to the next REF that falls within the scope of this policy but does not meet its requirements or exceptions will be treated as non-compliant. Noncompliant outputs will be given an unclassified score and will not be assessed in the REF”

There is more detailed information and advice at: http://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/ref

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