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REF open access consultation

REF Open Access Consultation is now live on the UKRI engagement hub. The consultation period will conclude at midday on Monday, June 17, 2024. Consultation responses will be analysed and will inform the final policy. While individual responses are strongly encouraged, University of Exeter seeks to compile community feedback for an institutional response. 

To support the institutional consultation: 

The Library is organising two open sessions for all staff to support clarity of the proposal:

A brief Microsoft Form Survey has been prepared to enable feedback from the community. Share your thoughts anonymously by completing the survey by 25th April 6pm. 

Please note that until the final REF 2029 Open Access Policy is implemented, outputs should continue to adhere to REF 2021 Open Access Policy. 

UKRI New open access policy

UKRI new open access policy applies to articles submitted after 1st April 2022 and long form outputs (monographs, book chapters, edited collections) published on or after 1st January 2024. Find full details on the funder policies page or UKRI website.

We are available to attend departmental or research group meetings to present the new policy and take questions, contact us to arrange this.

View the UKRI open access policy long form outputs compliance checklist and UKRI open access policy articles compliance checklist or FAQ.

New staff induction

The sessions below will cover: what is open access, how to make work open access, using Symplectic to upload to the institutional repository ORE, accessing funding to publish open access, REF, University and funder open access policies. These sessions will be delivered online and are open to all Staff, including both new and current.

Weds 24 April 2024 13:30-14:30 New Staff induction - Open Access Register here
Tuesday 11 June 2024 10:30-11:30 New Staff induction - Open Access Register here

 Open Research checklist for new staff (PDF)

Publishing open access on the publisher website

Publish open access without fees (22 minutes)

Choosing where to publish open access (15 minutes)

Paying to publish open access on the publisher website (15 minutes)


Help guides on using Symplectic are available.

Open Research documents and guides

Open research checklist for current researchers (PDF)

Institutional open access fund (PDF)

Open Research Service Offer (PDF)