SHERPA REF tool clarifies journal compliance with REF
Jisc have today announced the launch of SHERPA REF, a tool which will enable authors to easily check whether a journal complies with HEFCE’s open access (OA) policy for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
From their news:
“SHERPA REF beta is a web service – funded and endorsed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – that allows authors and institutions to quickly, accurately and easily check whether a journal they wish to publish in complies with open access (OA) policy for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The policy requires journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, to be made OA to be eligible for submission to the next REF. Universities need to ensure their submissions are eligible and comply with current policy under the four UK higher education funding bodies: HEFCE, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Scottish Funding Council and the Department of employment and learning in Northern Ireland.
Ben Johnson, higher education policy advisor (research), HEFCE says: “We are delighted to be able to support Jisc in developing and launching this important tool to support authors in meeting the open access policy. As open access policies are implemented in the UK it is vital that authors have access to clear information that can support their publishing decisions. We see SHERPA REF becoming a key part of this and encourage users to provide feedback on this beta service.”
Using SHERPA REF
SHERPA REF is very easy to use, you simply enter a journal name (or ISSN) and select the REF panel to which you will submit your work. SHERPA REF will then tell you whether this journal is potentially compliant with HEFCE’s policy and what you need to do to satisfy HEFCE’s requirements.
If you have any questions about SHERPA REF, HEFCE’s OA policy or how you can use NECTAR to ensure your work is compliant then contact the NECTAR team who will be happy to help you.