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The new REF requirement launched on 1 April 2016. All academics and researchers need to act on acceptance to make their outputs REF eligible. Articles and conference papers must be placed in an online repository within 3 months of acceptance for publication.

Over 1,300 of our researchers have taken advantage of the University's free service to help them meet the new requirement. The service allows Oxford researchers to quickly and easily deposit their work via Symplectic Elements.

You deposit, we’ll take care of the rest.

So while you’re celebrating your next article being accepted for publication, make sure you act on acceptance to deposit your work via Symplectic Elements.

The deposited work is made freely available in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) once any embargo period ends. 12 months since the new policy launched, researchers in Medical Sciences have deposited over 3,000 articles to be visible in ORA and ready for the REF. The chart above shows how this breaks down by department.

For more information on open access and depositing your work visit the OA Oxford website.

Image data source: Symplectic Elements as of 4 April 2017 reporting on unique publications by department 

Related information

OA iSkills session

Tuesday 23 May, 2-3pm: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E [capacity 20]. Details and booking information are at

Open Access drop-in sessions for Trinity Term

  • RSL: ·Thursdays 11am-12pm (from 11 May onwards) - ask for Juliet Ralph
  • Knowledge Centre: Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm - ask for Judith Ames

Details of drop-in sessions can be found at

Act on Acceptance one year on

It’s now a year since HEFCE’s Open Access policy came into force. There’s a review of the last 12 months at