The Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and allocating funding for this research to institutions. In England the REF is coordinated by Research England.
There is an open access policy included within the REF policy. This policy aims to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.
This means there are specific requirements that you will need to be aware of when publishing if you wish to submit your research for consideration in the REF.
If an output is covered in the REF open access policy (as outlined below), you must submit it to the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) within 3 months of acceptance.