Tim Elliot, interim PVC Research on why it is important to act on acceptance.
Research England state that:
"Any output submitted to the next REF that falls within the scope of this policy but does not meet its requirements or exceptions will be treated as non-compliant. Non-compliant outputs will be given an unclassified score and will not be assessed in the REF.
Research England allow certain exceptions to the Open Access Policy. Please read paragraphs 38-41 of the REF2021 Policy for further details.
The ePrints team will record exceptions regarding embargo length or where publications disallow Open Access.
The REF Planning Group has set up a sub-group to approve any other exception. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
To be eligible for the next REF exercise, upload all articles and conference proceedings to our institutional repository on acceptance. You must also upload the Accepted Manuscript of your article, i.e. the peer-reviewed version of your article with publisher's edits, but not the final published layout.