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The next REF and Open Access

 

Research outputs that do not meet HEFCE’s open access policy access and deposit requirements will not be able to be submitted to the next REF… this can not be changed retrospectively… Need to know what to do?  Tune in to a webinar on the 2nd of May at 3 pm and find out everything that you need to know to ensure your outputs are compliant.

None of the following will make an output eligible for submission…

“I put it in Research Gate”

“I put it in Academia”

“I didn’t know about it”

“I didn’t have the time”

“I don’t know what I am meant to do”

“But I’m not submitting this artilce to the REF anyway”

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Questions about Open Access and the next REF?

Had an article accepted for publication?  Busy writing up your article to submit to a journal?  Make sure that your article doesn’t become ineligible due to a simple administrative oversight.

In order to be eligible for submission in the next REF (Research Excellence Framework) all journal articles and conference proceedings that were accepted for publication from the 1st of April must be deposited in NECTAR as soon as they are accepted, and no later than three months from the date of acceptance.

Dawn Hibbert, Head of Research Support will take you through HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Open Access Policy and 5 steps that have been designed to ensure that your research outputs meet HEFCE’s requirements.

It is important that all journal articles and conference proceedings (not just those to be submitted to the REF) meet these requirements, or it will count against the Universtiy in the next REF.

Get your ticket here…

OA and the REF Webinar

 

Impact – REF

The Research Excellence Framework was the first exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. Impact was defined as ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’. HEFCE

Measuring the impact that our research has on society and cultures, and being able to demonstrate this impact, has implications for future funding.

Fast track have studied the most succesful case studies from the previous REF, and published their findings in an article entitled:  10 lessons from grant proposals that led to the most significant and far-reaching impacts.

Very much worth a read for those who are looking to submit to the next REF.

Ensure your research outputs are eligible for the next REF… in 5 Simple Steps!

You have spent many long hours pouring over your research, verifying your findings, finding the best journal to submit to (before submitting do check on Think Check Submit to ensure you are publishing in a trusted journal), your article is accepted for publication… before the celebrations begin… take a few minutes to ensure that you article does not become ineligible for submission in the next REF.

Ensure that you upload the accepted manuscript to NECTAR (Institutional Repository) as soon as your article is accepted… Well.. Okay.. Maybe the day after, when the celebrations are over… But before you start work on your next output… And within a month of acceptance. This gives our staff time to check through the output and metadata and make any changes necessary, whilst also ensuring that your research output will not fail to be submitted to the REF due to failing to comply with an administrative process.

Please take a moment to check out our five simple steps, that will ensure that your outputs remain eligible for submission in the next REF.

Resources for Research

If you need information or have questions about:

  • open access
  • research data management
  • HEFCE’s open access policy
  • Non-Compliant Journals for the next REF
  • Predatory Journals
  • Payment of Article Processing Charges

Please check out our recently added “Resources” tab in the Research Hub!

Stern Review of REF – Building on Success and Learning from Experience

The independent review of the process for assessing university research and allocating public funding has been published by Lord Stern.

President of the British Academy Lord Nicholas Stern was commissioned by the government to carry out the review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to ensure future university research funding is allocated more efficiently, offers greater rewards for excellent research and reduces the administrative burden on institutions.

The report makes a number of recommendations for future exercises, including the number of research active staff who should be entered, a broadening of the term ‘impact’ and new institutional-level assessment.

You can download the full report by clicking here.

Act on Acceptance: HEFCE policy comes into effect

Act on acceptance leaflet A4 v3The much anticipated HEFCE open access policy came into effect on 1st April and researchers wishing to submit their work to the next REF must now deposit the final peer reviewed copy of any article or conference paper (with an ISSN) into NECTAR as soon as possible after it has been accepted for publication.

This leaflet describes the three simple steps that you should follow to ensure your work is not excluded from the next REF.

 

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Further information:

If you have any queries about NECTAR or the HEFCE policy please contact the LLS Research Support team (Miggie Pickton or Nick Dimmock).

We are also very happy to come and talk about these to your research group or School Research and Enterprise Committee.  If you would like us to do this then just get in touch.

Dates changes to NECTAR deposits

We’ve made some changes to the way dates are recorded in NECTAR with a new plugin called Dates, Dates, Dates. This will enable us to capture multiple date types for research outputs, which will improve the data we record, and enable us to capture required information to support HEFCE, RCUK and other funder policies.

This post explains the changes and tells you what you need to know to use the new Dates field.

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BIS announces review of the REF

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson today (16 December 2015) launched a UK-wide review of university research funding to cut red tape so that universities can focus more on delivering the world-leading research for which the UK is renowned.

Following the decision to protect the £4.7 billion annual science and research budget in real terms during this Parliament, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) review will help ensure the government gets the most return from its investment.

The review will be chaired by the President of the British Academy and former World Bank Chief Economist Lord Nicholas Stern.”

Read more here: Government launches review to improve university research funding

The NECTAR journey: from acceptance to compliance


The University’s new Open Access policy – driven by HEFCE requirements for the post-2014 REF – has a simple message at heart for publishing researchers: act on acceptance. In practice, this means timely deposit of items in NECTAR, and we’ve made a few changes to help with this. This post takes a look at the NECTAR workflow, from acceptance to publication.

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