Research Excellence Framework 2028: initial decisions and issues for further consultation (published June 2023). The full open access requirements will be published in Spring 2024.
For more information please see the University of Southampton REF 2028 Sharepoint.
The REF (Research Excellence Framework) was a research assessment to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education.
REF2021 open access policy stated that, to be eligible for submission to the REF2021, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (journal articles and conference proceedings) must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. This policy applied to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, and is expected to continue post-REF2021 although details of the future research assessment programme are under discussion.
The three purposes of the REF:
Ensure your journal articles and conference proceedings are eligible for submission to the next research excellence exercise:
Please visit the REF website for more information. https://www.ref.ac.uk/about/what-is-the-ref/
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