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REF & Open Access

Updated 23 August 2016

In 2015 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced its Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). A key requirement of this policy is that all papers submitted to the post-2014 REF must have been deposited in an open access repository upon acceptance for publication.

In order to enable the School to prepare for the next REF, all researchers at the School have been asked to notify the Publications Team of newly-accepted papers to ensure deposit in LSHTM Research Online.

Please follow the simple guidance below immediately at the point that your paper has been accepted for publication. You co-operation is appreciated.

How and what do I deposit?

Which version of the manuscript do I send?

Monitoring your submissions for REF


How and what do I deposit?

Depositing your paper in  LSHTM Research Online is easy. As soon as your paper is accepted for publication you should email the Publications Team. Please include:

If you don't deposit within 3 months of acceptance your paper may not be eligible for submission to the REF. Please deposit your accepted manuscript now.


Which version of the manuscript do I send?

For further information contact the Library & Archives Service.

We have put together a presentation on how to deposit also

Monitoring your submissions

Check what manuscripts we have in your name:


Check what published articles we have in your name:


FAQs (from HEFCE)

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