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HEFCE have recently circulated a new policy document that sets out the details of a requirement that certain research outputs should be made open-access to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). This requirement will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

The policy document and associated materials can be viewed here

If you work or study at Brunel University and want to find out more about open access issues, and to apply for funding to meet publisher fees for making your research papers open access, please click here or contact

The underpinning research data for these outputs should also be made open access under University and RCUK policy. For information please contact