The new open access policy for the next REF starts on 1st April 2016. All papers must comply with this policy or risk being excluded from the submission. We have been working hard to raise awareness with our researchers over the last year but in the next few months we will be doing yet more publicity. The key message is:
- Researchers are responsible for making sure their papers are eligible.
- As soon as you have a paper accepted for publication, enter the details that you know onto RIS and upload the accepted version (the final version after peer review).
- Either check copyright and publish the paper to Cronfa yourself or ask us for help!
The REF policy should not mean you have to pay for open access – most publishers allow self-archiving with conditions varying per journal (the Sherpa Romeo website is the place to check).
We are running more of our popular “Open Access Briefings” – these are a chance to learn about the policy and ask questions. Book onto a session using the links below:
Singleton Park Campus, SURF Room:
Bay Campus, Engineering A103: