Open access at GCU
The University is strongly committed to the principle that the outcomes arising from its publicly funded research are a public good that should be made as widely available as possible.
External research funding bodies (such as Research Councils UK (RCUK), The Wellcome Trust, and the European Commission) require that the full text of publications arising from funded research projects are made available to the public in an open access text format.
Open access requirement for REF
From 1 April 2016 onwards the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) policy on open access stipulated that journal articles and conference proceedings with an international standard serial number (ISSN) need to be deposited into PURE to be eligible for the next REF.
Further guidance is available here:
- Guidance on open access requirements for REF2021
- Guide to adding publications to PURE
- Open access FAQs
- Open access funding
- Open access policies
You can also contact the repository team for help, training and advice.