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Research England confirm that the REF open access policy introduced for REF 2021 should be followed until further notice.  The REF 2021 Open Access policy requires certain outputs (journal articles and conference proceedings published with an ISSN) to be made open access, in order to be eligible for submission.  


You can find REF-related open access guidance on the other pages under this REF Support tab. If you can't find the information you need, the Open Access Team provides REF-related open access support. You can contact the Open Access Team directly:


Our standard office hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.