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Open Access and REF: from 1 April


From 1 April 2016, HEFCE will require that any peer-reviewed research article or conference proceeding with an ISSN must – to be eligible for REF2021 – be deposited into an institutional repository (i.e. Goldsmiths Research Online, GRO) and made Open Access.

In order that we send out useful, consistent and ultimately compliant information, Goldsmiths requires from now that all research active staff add their manuscripts (peer-reviewed research article/conference proceeding with ISSN) to GRO within 3 months of the final acceptance date
What needs to be deposited into GRO?

·      Article details: title, authors, journal
·      Full text: the author accepted manuscript, the final version after peer review and edits but without publisher formatting/pagination

What assistance is there to help staff?

·      The GRO team (James Bulley, Ozden Sahin and Jeremiah Spillane) are managed by Andrew Gray, Academic Services Librarian (, 020 7919 7161)
·      They will check publisher permissions, apply relevant embargoes, input additional publication details and metadata, record issues and ‘exceptions’
·      Advice, training and assistance are available in person, via email or over the phone (020 7919 7166)
·      Detailed information on the policy will be added to the Research & Enterprise website in the next month. Current information is available at 
·      Tracy Banton, Head of Research Office, will be able to answer any REF queries that are not GRO-related (, 020 7919 7772)

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