HEFCE consultation on open access and REF post 2014 – 2nd stage

Continuing the two stage consultation process announced earlier this year, HEFCE has just announced a further consultation on its proposals for open access to post-2014 REF outputs.

The University of Northampton’s response to the first (informal) stage of the consultation is here.


“To support this policy we have worked with the funding bodies on some proposals in the area of open access to publicly funded research. We are now consulting on these proposals with the higher education sector (see below).
The funding bodies propose the following criteria for open access:

  • Outputs should be accessible through a UK higher education institution (HEI) repository, immediately upon either acceptance or publication, though the repository may provide access in a way that respects agreed embargo periods.
  • Outputs should be made available as the final peer-reviewed text, though not necessarily identical to the publisher’s edited and formatted version.
  • Outputs should be presented in a form allowing the reader to search for and re-use content (including by download and for text-mining), both manually and using automated tools, provided such re-use is subject to proper attribution under appropriate licensing.

We propose that outputs fulfilling the following definition must meet these criteria to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF:

  • The output is a journal article or conference proceeding.
  • The output is published after a two-year notice period (from 2016 onwards).
  • The output lists a UK HEI in the ‘address’ field.

We are seeking views on which of the following approaches to exceptions would be most appropriate:

  • universal compliance of outputs meeting the definition, with exceptions on a case-by-case basis
  • a specified percentage for compliance.”   HEFCE, 24th July 2013

Deposit of the appropriate full text in the University’s repository NECTAR will enable authors to meet the funding bodies’ criteria for open access described above.  The NECTAR team in Library and Learning Services has extensive experience of working with researchers and publishers to ensure any embargo or version requirements are respected.  If you have any queries about this then please do get in touch.

Responses to the consultation are invited from HEIs, other organisations, groups and individuals.  The issue will be discussed at Research and Enterprise Committee on Tuesday 24th September so if you would like your views to be represented please add a comment to this post or email Miggie Pickton by Monday 23rd September.

The HEFCE deadline for responses is Wednesday 30th October.

Posted on July 25, 2013, in News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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