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ORA: Oxford University Research Archive: ORA and the REF

A guide to using ORA for storing and disseminating digital copies of Oxford research publications including theses

ORA and the REF

HEFCE has confirmed that to be eligible for the next REF the final peer reviewed (‘author accepted’) manuscript must be deposited in an open access institutional or subject repository within three months of being accepted for publication.

As the University of Oxford’s institutional repository ORA will be instrumental in compliance with the next REF submissions. The obligation applies to journal articles or conference proceedings submitted to publishers after 1 April 2016. Publications submitted to publishers between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2016 are eligible for inclusion in the next REF regardless of their OA status.

To ensure the University is able to meet HEFCE’s OA requirements a pilot project involving ORA is taking place during Hilary Term 2015. It is hoped that the resultant solution will be developed, tested and communicated across the collegiate University well in advance of April 2016 to ensure compliance with HEFCE’s requirements across all disciplines.

It should result in a ‘one stop shop’ for all OA matters, but in the first instance meeting the REF requirement takes priority. 

Oxford University Research Archive






Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is an institutional repository for the University of Oxford and is home to the scholarly output of its research members. It holds publications, theses and research data.

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