REF2021 and open access

REF2021 and open access

To be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), the full text documents of journal articles and conference proceedings published by GCU researchers must be deposited into the Pure Research Information System. This is a requirement of the UKRI open access policy, and all universities submitting to the next REF must comply with it. The policy applies to all articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 onwards. You can download a handy factsheet with essential information.

What do GCU authors need to do?

GCU authors need to deposit the author accepted manuscript of journal articles and conference proceedings in Pure within three months of the acceptance date. The Library advises GCU authors to add the publication information, along with the author accepted manuscript on acceptance. You can download the essential information factsheet.

What’s an author accepted manuscript?

The author accepted manuscript (also known as the post-print or AAM) is the author final version that has been refereed and accepted for publication. It should not include any copy editing such as page numbers or publishers' logos.

What about gold open access?

For journal articles that have been paid for via the gold open access route (where there is a fee to publish with an open access licence), the author accepted manuscript still needs to be deposited in Pure upon acceptance. The library will add the final publisher version once it becomes available.

Further information and guidance

We provide guidance for GCU staff on how to deposit publication information and full text documents in Pure. Further information about open access policies and funding is available.

We also provide information on our training opportunities for Pure.