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How to comply with REF requirements

What you need to do

We do your KAR entries for you!

REF Assisted Deposit is a new service for researchers, available until January 2019. We’ll upload these publications to KAR for you:

  • journal articles
  • published conference papers.

What is the REF?

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It is conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Information about REF 2014 results at the University of Kent

What's changing?

HEFCE has a new policy for Open Access for the next REF.

This new policy applies to journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN that have been accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

To be eligible for the REF, you now need to:

  • keep your Author Accepted Manuscript
  • note the date your publication was accepted
  • deposit your publication in the Kent Academic Repository (KAR) within a set period
  • carefully consider publisher embargo periods

Gold Open Access

Papers published via the Gold Open Access route comply automatically with the new HEFCE rules, but you must still make a record of your article available in KAR.

No specific licence is mandatory, but HEFCE advise that a CC BY-NC-ND licence or a CC BY licence would meet their requirements


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Last Updated: 08/05/2017