FAQ – Am I Affected?

    • I am an unfunded researcher. Does open access apply to me?

      Yes. All Oxford authors should note HEFCE’s policy: to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, the accepted manuscript of articles and conference papers submitted from 1 April 2016 must be uploaded to an institutional or subject repository within 3 months of acceptance, and made open access within a specified timeframe. For more details on the policy and how it is being implemented at Oxford, visit our REF page.

    • If you are a DPhil student who is funded by a research council and you publish work before submitting your thesis does it have to be OA?

      Yes. See the questions on DPhils and OA under the separate tab.

    • If someone is an AHRC-funded doctoral student but this is not tied to a specific piece of work, does this make all their publications RCUK-funded for the purposes of this exercise?