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Open Access & Institutional Repository: REF 2029 & open access

REF 2029


  • UKRI open access compliant publications will be considered to meet the REF 2029 open access requirements without additional action from the author and/or institution.
  • Until new policies come into force, institutions should continue to follow REF 2021 open access policies: 
    • Create a basic record in PURE at the point your journal article is accepted (this has to be done within 3 months of acceptance unless an exception applies)
    • Include your DOI if known.
    • Upload your Accepted Manuscript (AM) or send a copy of the AM with a link to your PURE record to
    • Contact the Open Research & Publication Practice Team at if you have any questions

For more information please see the University of Southampton REF 2029 Sharepoint.

REF 2029 Open Access Consultation

The four UK higher education funding bodies are running a consultation concerning the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2029 Open Access Policy. The consultation is open 18/03/24 - 17/03/24 and responses are invited from any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research or scholarly publishing.

This consultation outlines the proposed policy for REF 2029: REF 2029 Open Access Consultation


Journal article versions

Journal Article VersionsDiagram showing that the submitted and accepted manuscript versions of an article are author owned, and the proof and final version of record are publisher owned

Created by the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries, available under a CC BY licence 

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