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Getting published: A guide from journal writing to academic impact: Get Ready for REF

Are you ready for it?

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the assessment determine how much the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will allocate government funding for research.

Universities entering the REF make their submission based on their research outputs (worth 60%), impact (worth 25%) and environment (worth 15%). The REF cycle runs approximately every 6-7 years, and a sample of outputs - datasets, monographs, artworks, articles, etc - published in the current REF cycle are submitted. The research is arranged into subjects (known as 'Units of Assessment') then reviewed by expert panels and graded into star categories (0-4 star).


For a guide to the REF and updates on progress and planning, see the 
University Research Office intranet site REF@Derby.

REF and Open Access


In the video below, Professor Paul Weller explains why Open Access plays an important role in the forthcoming REF.


OK, how do I make my article Open Access and REF-Ready?

Remind me, what is the version I need for Green Open Access?


Remember - speak to Lucy Ayre, Repository and
Open Access Librarian
if you want assistance with
complying with any policies regarding Open Access.