What is The Research Excellence Framework (REF)? The REF is a UK national evaluation of research quality led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). it is, usually, run every 5 years. To find out more, see REF 2021.
Since April 2013 funding councils which are part of RCUK require articles published in peer reviewed journals or conference proceedings to be open access. The RCUK open access policy states:
"Our vision is for all users to be able to read published research papers in an electronic format and to search for and re‐use (including download) the content of published research papers, both manually and using automated tools (such as those for text and data mining), provided that any such re‐use is subject to full and proper attribution." (see RCUK Policy on Open Access and Supporting Guidance)
More information can be found at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/openaccess/
Many other funding bodies have similar open access requirements. See our list of funding bodies for more information or visit the Sherpa Juliet web site which provides full details of requirements for each funder.
If you are required to make your article open access you will need to find out your publisher's policies on open access. How to make your article open access?
The green route
Examples of Major Green Journals: Science, Nature,
The gold route
Gold route journals may be divided into two categories:
Examples of fully gold journals: eLife, PLoS publications, BMC Biochemistry, BioMed Central publications
Examples of hybrid journals:PNAS, Cell, Journal of Molecular Biology, American Journal of human Genetics
Please note that some open access journals do not allow you to deposit a copy of your article in a repository or have your paper published under CC-BY licence. This can be problematic if the terms of your grant require you to do so.
To find out which of the different options are available from your publisher, see Sherpa Romeo website which lists open access policies by publisher.
Applying for Article Processing Charge (APC)
For APCs for research funded by the the Wellcome Trust and Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) see Open Access: What do I do at Oxford?
For APCs for research funded by other RCUK grants see Open Access: Applying for Funding from Oxford's RCUK Open Access Block Grant.
For further help and questions about APC please contact us.
In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within 3 months of acceptance for publication. This is the version sometimes known as the ‘Author-Accepted-Manuscript’ or AAM.
The University has developed a quick deposit system as part of its Act on Acceptance campaign. This began on 1st October 2015, in preparation for open access & the next REF and to boost the wider accessibility of Oxford's research.
What you need to do. All academic and research staff employed by the collegiate University should:
The ORA team check copyright & licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.
If you have any questions please contact our email helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information and updates are available on the Open Access Oxford website: http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk.
An ORCID iD is a unique researcher identifier, used worldwide, that you keep throughout your life and retain even if you move institution.
It identifies you and your work, and prevents confusion between you and others with the same name or initials.
Use ORCID at Oxford to register your affiliation with Oxford.
Find further information on the ORCID LibGuide.
From August 2015 Wellcome Trust requires ORCIDs in grant applications.