Open Access and REF 2021

One of the key aspects of assessing research outputs submitted to REF 2021 will be availability of ALL journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 in the open access form (UCA Research Online). Although this rule does not apply to monographs and other types of outputs ( exhibitions, performances, design work, etc.), HEFCE is intending to give ‘extra points’ to institutions which publish such outputs  on the open access basis, and where the work is presented in a format which can be re-used.

In order to award the ‘extra points’ HEFCE proposes that institutions provide a statement about their Open Access Strategy, supported by the data on the open access outputs and the type of licencing. As part of the REF consultation (paragraph 116) HEFCE seeks the sector’s views on awarding additional credit for open access.



Summary of the Stern Report

Building on Success and Learning from Experience is an independent review of REF 2014 chaired by Lord Stern, president of the British Academy. The review offers recommendations seeking to address the challenges identified in REF 2014, including high cost; staff ‘gaming’, and high selectivity of staff.

Summary of the recommendations:

  1. All research active staff should be returned to the REF. The total number of submissions will depend on the number of full time equivalent (FTE) staff members. Stern recommends an average of 2 outputs per FTE but it will be a departmental exercise with more research active staff being able to submit up to 6 outputs.
  2. Outputs should not be portable. The outputs should stay with the university so staff changing jobs cannot take their outputs with them.
  3. Panels will continue to be assessed on peer review, but there should be an increased use of metrics and panels should be transparent about their use.
  4. Impact: 
    • Universities should be required to submit institutional level impact case studies.
    • Impact case studies could be linked to a research activity and a body of work as well as to a broad range of research outputs.
    • Impact should be widely interpreted to include socio-economic impact, impact on government policy, public engagement and understanding, cultural live, academic impact outside the field and on teaching.
  5. Environment. There should be a new institutional level environment assessment that includes the future research environment strategy and how it will support high quality research including interdisciplinary and cross university initiatives.

Click here for an overview of the problems and issues with REF 2014 identified in Stern review. Continue reading “Summary of the Stern Report”

Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation webinars

A series of webinars on the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

The four UK higher education funding bodies are consulting on detailed arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework.

We are hosting events on the consultation where institutions can raise any issues for clarification and discussion.

We will also be hosting a series of webinars, replicating key content from the consultation events. These are open to all interested parties.

Continue reading “Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation webinars”

Implementing REF2021 needs the input of the whole research community

In December HEFCE published a consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework – REF2021. We have produced proposals for operationalising all of the Stern recommendations, but we realise that in developing the detailed proposals, there are some options about particular paths to pursue and we are inviting comments about the various options. We also welcome…

via Implementing REF2021 needs the input of the whole research community — HEFCE blog

Open Access Monographs – more questions than answers?

The last of our OA Week 2016 blogs is a brief look into the topic of Open Access Monographs. This is quite a contentious issue and there are currently a number of projects looking into how monographs can be made open access. Many of the questions surrounding OA monographs are concerned with how the monograph […]

via Open Access Monographs – more questions than answers? — RADAR, Open Access and Research Data Management

Ensure your research is eligible for REF 2021

Deposit now in UCA Research Online (UCARO) and be REF2021 ready

UCA has a policy that all staff research outputs are recorded in UCARO, as well as PhD student theses. For further details, see the UCA Research Online Policies.

How to deposit your research outputs