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Open Access



  Gold Green
STEM NO YES (12 month embargo)
HASS NO YES (24 month embargo)


The HEFCE policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework states that to be eligible for the post-2014 REF, authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. FAQs for the Policy for Open Access in the next REF were updated in March 2017.

Services at the University of Cambridge 

The University supports researchers with an article deposit service. Authors can deposit their accepted articles and the Open Access team will ensure the work is deposited into the University Repository. The work is then compliant for the post-2014 REF.