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Deposit requirements
The output must have been deposited in an institutional repository, a repository service shared between multiple institutions, or a subject repository

The output must be deposited within the repository within a specified timeframe, determined by the date of acceptance:

a. Outputs accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

The output must have been deposited as soon after the point of acceptance as possible, and no later than three months after the date of publication.

b. Outputs accepted for publication from 1 April 2018 to 31 December 2020.

The output must have been deposited as soon after the point of acceptance as possible, and no later than three months after this date.

The output must have been deposited as the author's accepted manuscript. Where the published 'Version of record' is available for deposit within the required timeframe, and where the journal or conference publisher permits it, the 'Version of record' may be deposited instead of the accepted manuscript. 
Where a preprint version is the same as the author-accepted manuscript, if the 'accepted for publication' text, or near final version, is available on the pre-print service, and the output upload date of the pre-print is prior to the date of output publication, this will be considered as compliant with the open access criteria 
Outputs that are made open access through the Gold route at the point of first publication meet the requirements of the REF 2021 open access policy.
Where a deposited output is later replaced or augmented following its initial deposit, the updated manuscript may be deposited in place of the originally deposited output.

 

Outputs that have been provisionally accepted for publication, under the condition that the author makes revisions to the manuscript that result from peer review, are not considered as the final text.