HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have published details of a new policy for open access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 REF.
HEFCE’s letter to all Vice Chancellors / Principals states:
The core of this policy is as follows: to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and made open-access within a specified time period. This requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings only; monographs and other long-form publications, research data and creative and practice-based research outputs are out of scope. Only articles and proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will need to fulfil these requirements, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement the policy now.
The letter, which includes more details about the policy, can be found here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2014/cl072014/#d.en.86764.
HEFCE’s press release can be found here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news86805.html.