To be eligible for submission in REF 2021, journal articles and conference proceedings (with ISSN) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made open access.
In practice, this means the outputs must be deposited in an institutional repository (BURO) or subject repository within a three-month period from the point of acceptance for publication.
The UK’s four higher education (HE) funding bodies have awarded Clarivate Analytics’ Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) a contract to provide Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 assessment panels with citation information.
Depositing your manuscript in BRIAN, as soon as it is accepted, ensures that it will be eligible for submission to REF 2021.
REF policy requires that the full text of articles published in peer-reviewed journals, or conference papers with an ISSN, be made Open Access within three months of being accepted for publication. This may mean that manuscripts need to be put online before they are formally published.
The version to upload is the final accepted manuscript, after peer-review. This is generally before the publisher’s typesetting but camera ready and template versions may also acceptable.
The BURO Team will embargo these outputs, where appropriate, following publisher guidelines. The maximum embargo that can be applied to open access REF outputs is 12 months for STEM subjects and 24 months for all other subjects. If a longer embargo is required by the publisher, then this will have to be dealt with as an exception.
Please contact the BURO Team with any queries.