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Open Access - Are you (next) REF ready?

Our Open Access Mandate states that all new peer-reviewed journal articles and papers from published conference proceedings should be in Pure/Opus, in full text form. Full compliance with this mandate is now more urgent, requirements for the next REF include the condition that outputs can only be submitted to the REF if they are published as open access at the point of acceptance. Full text at publication stage is now too late.

All researchers need to follow these three steps, to ensure that all your articles can be considered for the next REF – Keep, Upload & Contact.

1. Keep your Authors’ Accepted Manuscript1

2. Upload the Authors’ Accepted Manuscript to Pure as soon as it is accepted for publication2

3. Contact the Library for help or advice

All researchers must to follow this for their work to be considered for the REF, in line with national policies on Open Access. 

Practical steps for Bath authors are shown in this workflow diagram. Further information on open access policies from other funders is available, with specific information for RCUK funded researchers


1 Authors’ Accepted Manuscript – this is the final peer-reviewed manuscript, before the proof reading starts for the published version.  It is often a Word document or LaTeX file or PDF.

2 This is when the publisher confirms to you that your article has been accepted.