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Durham University


REF 2021

New Open Access (OA) requirements apply to:

  • Scholarly journal articles and papers published in conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
  • Accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 onwards


PART ONE: DEPOSIT requirement
Final accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts must be deposited in either an institutional or subject repository as soon as possible after the date of acceptance, and no later than 3 months after this date
PART TWO: ACCESS requirement
Deposited papers must be available open access within 1 month of deposit, if there is no publisher-imposed embargo. If there is an embargo, papers must be available no later than 1 month after the following HEFCE-specified maximum embargo periods:
  • 12 months for REF Panels A and B
  • 24 months for REF Panels C and D

If your chosen journal has a longer embargo period, then you can request that your paper is exempt from the access requirement - but you still need to deposit it on time.

HEFCE's full policy is available on their website, and they have a useful FAQ.