The HEFCE's Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework has come into effect on the 1st April 2016. You can read the full policy here, and the main points are summarised below.
There are a number of exceptions to this rule that cover common problems with Open Access deposit, such as publisher embargoes and publishers who do not allow Open Access deposit, which may require documentation. Please read the full policy, pp.8-10, for complete details.
In response to the HEFCE Policy, City University London's Senate approved a new Policy on Open Access Publishing which will enable us to achieve compliance with HEFCE's Open Access criteria for submitting journal articles and conference papers to the next REF.
This policy includes the same main points as the HEFCE Policy and took effect from 1st April 2015 to help us to ensure compliance from the HEFCE policy start date of 1st April 2016. It also includes further Open Access requirements for City University London academics and researchers.
Funding for research is provided by a number of organisations, both in the UK and internationally, and many of them have Open Access requirements for research outputs produced using their grants. You can find out about these requirements using these tools.
Full policies for your funding body can often be located on the institution's website or in your grant's terms and conditions.
Journals all have different standard policies governing whether you can post your Author's Accepted Manuscript or even final published version in an institutional repository like City Research Online. Use SHERPA REF to check if the journal you are considering is compliant.
Warning: SHERPA REF is currently in beta. If you have any doubts about a journal's policy, please ask the Publications Team for advice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.