Answered By: Ellen Cole
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2018     Views: 40

An Open Access policy is in place for REF2021, stipulating that the accepted author manuscript of all journal articles and some conference papers should be deposited in an institutional repository within three months of acceptance for publication. Some other conditions apply, for example that the manuscript should be available for download within 12 months for REF panels A and B, and within 24 months for panels C and D. More information about Open Access and the REF is available here:

Northumbria University staff should deposit details of their research to Pure as promptly as possible, to increase the chances of compliance with the policy. The Scholarly Publications team can answer questions about ensuring compliance with the policy, contact them on

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