The REF Open Access policy is now in operation…

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The countdown is over – the REF policy is now active

Any papers accepted for publication after 1st April 2016 must now comply with the REF’s open access policy. The university expects all papers to be compliant even if you do not anticipate that they will form part of the REF – the university’s own open access policy  applies to all publications produced by our researchers.

To ensure you comply with the policy:

  • Take action when you have a paper accepted for publication
  • Enter details of the publication onto RIS including the accepted date
  • Upload your accepted manuscript into RIS
  • Check the copyright for the journal using the Sherpa Romeo database
  • Use the “Publish to Cronfa” link to make your file open access, setting an embargo period if required. The system will delay publication until the date you specify.

The REF policy limits embargo periods to 12 or 24 months so contact us if you find the journal exceeds this.

We are here to help: iss-research@swansea.ac.uk. Please send us your accepted manuscript and details of the publication including the date of acceptance.

Quick guide to uploading files to RIS (PDF)

Guide to using RIS (PDF)

(We have some briefing sessions next week if you want to learn more or ask questions.)

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