Frequently asked questions

How do I make my work eligible for post REF 2021 open access policy?

We are awaiting guidance for the post-2021 REF open access policy for outputs, and would currently advise anyone submitting a journal article or conference paper from 1 January 2021 to follow the REF 2021 open access policy guidance. As soon as open access requirements for the post-2021 REF period are available, information will be shared. If you are funded by UKRI, Wellcome Trust, BHF, CRUK and/or NIHR, please consult our pages on Research funders’ open access policies. Please note outputs that were produced by the College between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2020 were eligible for REF 2021. Outputs produced after this date will be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework which is scheduled for 2027.

If you have any questions regarding the next REF please contact either your Faculty Web Officer or the Open Access team at