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Frequently asked questions

Open access policies cover peer-reviewed published journal articles and conference proceedings. An exception is the Wellcome Trust which does not require open access to conference proceedings, but does mandate open access to scholarly monographs and book chapters.

European funders, such as Horizon 2020, expect efforts to be made to ensure all research outputs are open access.

Open access policies are constantly evolving so always check with your funder that you are meeting the latest requirements.

The HEFCE open access policy states that in order for research papers to be submitted to the next REF, they must have been deposited in an open access repository.

If you are funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, European funders or many charities you will be required to make your published papers open access in accordance with the terms of the relevant policy.

The University of Exeter open access policy requires deposit of research outputs in the institutional repository, Open Research Exeter (ORE).

You can upload any type of research paper to ORE from your Symplectic publications list. You will need to find or create the correct record first. Make sure you have the accepted version of your paper ready to be uploaded and follow our depositing guide.

All papers submitted to ORE will be checked by a liaison librarian before being approved. If there are any issues with your submission you will be contacted by the Library.

The HEFCE policy for the post-2014 REF submissions requires the deposit of papers within three months of acceptance.

HEFCE allows repositories to respect embargo periods set by publishers. Where an embargo period is required you can be compliant with HEFCE by making a ‘closed’ deposit upon acceptance. This means that the item record will be discoverable but the content will not be accessible until the embargo period has passed. A liaison librarian will apply the embargo as part of the process of checking and approving your deposit.

See our REF requirements page for the maximum embargo periods permitted by HEFCE.