We have already blogged about the announced change to the REF Open Access policy which comes into effect from 1 April 2018: this enforces the strict “three months from date of acceptance” time limit on uploading the full text of a paper into RIS. This applies to papers accepted on or after 1 April 2018.
HEFCE have indicated that we will be audited on the file upload date from RIS and the date of acceptance. The policy also includes an exception that can be used (after 1/4/18) if this date is missed but exceptions are expected to be rare. More information can be found on HEFCE’s website.
This change can potentially have most impact for journals where the delay between acceptance and publication is longest, something we see more frequently in humanities and social science subject areas.
We have always reiterated the key message: Act at Acceptance! And we are here to help: firstname.lastname@example.org