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2014

April

POLICY 
(HEFCE)
Open access requirement for post-2014 REF

To be eligible for submission, journal articles and conference papers which are accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, and which have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), must be available in an open access form:

  • Deposited in an institutional and/or a subject repository
  • Within 3 months of the date when the paper was accepted for publication
  • Authors' accepted and final peer-reviewed text to be deposited, unless publisher permits final published version to be used (eg if Article Processing charge (APC) has been paid)
  • Outputs under publishers' embargoes are eligible for submission
  • Maximum permitted embargo periods are 12 months for Panels A and B, 24 months for Panels C and D
  • Exceptions categories include:
    1. Deposit
      • Researcher unable to secure the use of a repository at the point when their paper was accepted
      • Delay securing the final peer-reviewed text, eg if the paper is multi-authored
      • Researcher not employed by a HEI when the paper was submitted for publication
      • Deposit would be unlawful or a security risk
    2. Access
      • Paper contains 3rd party content for which open access rights could not be granted
      • Publisher embargo period is more than the REF permitted maximum, and the publication was the most appropriate medium for the paper
      • Publication actively disallows open access, and it was the most appropriate medium for the paper
  • Credit will be given in the Research Environment Component if:
    • HEI can show they have made outputs open access which are outwith the scope of the policy
    • Outputs are deposited in a form which allows re-use, eg text-mining
  • Policy does not apply to:
    • Monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs or data
    • Conference proceedings with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or which are part of a book series with an ISSN
    • Outputs delivered confidentially for security or commercial reasons
NOTES
Outputs which fall within the scope of the policy will be given an unclassified score if they do not comply

REF Panels will continue to assess the final published version of journal articles and conference proceedings as in previous assessment exercises. Depositing the author's accepted version in a repository satisfies the open access eligibility requirement.

2013

April

POLICY 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
Revised open access policy

STATEMENT 
(Wellcome Trust)
Position statement in support of open and unrestricted access to published research

February

POLICY MEMORANDUM 
(United States Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP))
Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

REPORT 
(House of Lords Science and Technology Committee)
Lack of clarity over open access is 'unacceptable' - RCUK must clarify and monitor its implementation closely

2012

November

PRESS RELEASE 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
RCUK announces details of block grant funding mechanism for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

September

PRESS RELEASE 
(UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills)
Government invests £10 million to help universities move to open access

August

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
Dubious open access journals keen to attract unwary academics - and their cash

July

STATEMENT 
(RLUK/SCONUL)
Response to Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) statement on access to publicly funded research

ANNOUNCEMENT 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
New open access policy

June

PRESS RELEASE 
(Wellcome Trust)
Wellcome Trust strengthens its open access policy

RADIO PROGRAMME 
(Material Word 28/6/2012, BBC Radio 4, 1.10 - 12.40 mins)
Interview with Dame Janet Finch

STATEMENT 
(Stephen Anderson, Executive Director, Academy of Social Sciences)
Impact of Finch recommendations on learned societies

REPORT 
(Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings - Finch Group)
UK should embrace the transition to open access

PRESS RELEASE 
(OpenAIRE)
Large-scale deposit in repositories increases access and use

May

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
European Commission backing for open access

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Times Higher Education)
Elsevier journal editor resigns

SPEECH 
(UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts to Publishers Association)
Public access to public research

April

ANNOUNCEMENT 
(Harvard University)
Memorandum to Faculty

STATEMENT 
(ALLEA | ALL European Academies)
Open Science for the 21st Century

March

POLICY 
(Research Councils UK - RCUK)
UK Research Councils considering strengthening their current open access policies

2011

December

REPORT 
(UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills)
Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

October

WORKING GROUP 
(Dame Janet Finch Chair)
Expanding access to published research findings

August

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE 
(Guardian)
Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist