What is Act on Acceptance?
From 1st April 2018, changes to HEFCE’s open access policy require researchers to submit their work to City Research Online within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for the next REF.
As soon as you know your research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, or conference proceedings, Act on Acceptance and make your research open access.
What do you have to do?
- Upload your publications to your Publications profile as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.
- Make sure it’s the accepted manuscript and not the published version: the accepted version is peer-reviewed but not typeset for publication.
What happens next?
The Publications Team will check your deposits to make sure they are compliant with the HEFCE policy, and the publishers’ terms and conditions regarding copyright and embargo periods. Once these checks are complete, they will make them available in the City Research Online repository.
What if you need help?
If you need help with depositing papers, or have questions about the open access policy, you can consult the City Research Online and Publications library guides.
Alternatively, you can contact the Publications Team who will:
- Answer enquiries by telephone and email.
- Meet with you in one to one appointments.
- Help you understand the HEFCE open access policy.
- Help you upload your papers to your publications profile.
Research Excellence Framework
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.
The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The exercise will be managed by the REF team based at HEFCE and overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.
The primary purpose of the REF is to produce assessment outcomes for each submission made by institutions:
•The funding bodies intend to use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their research funding to HEIs, with effect from 2015-16.
•The assessment provides accountability for public investment in research and produces evidence of the benefits of this investment.
•The assessment outcomes provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks.
The REF is a process of expert review. HEIs will be invited to make submissions in 36 units of assessment. Submissions will be assessed by an expert sub-panel for each unit of assessment, working under the guidance of four main panels. Sub-panels will apply a set of generic assessment criteria and level definitions, to produce an overall quality profile for each submission.