The REF submission system is now closed. Registered system users are able to gain access to a read-only version of the system.
All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participating in the REF have registered to use the submission system. There are system administrators at each HEI who are responsible for creating accounts for system users within their HEI. For further information, please liaise with your designated institutional contact.
The submissions deadline has now passed. HEIs are now able to:
- access submitted information in read-only format
- upload research outputs that were identified as 'pending publication' and upload redacted REF3a, REF3b and REF5 documents (for publication purposes). These uploads must be provided by 31 January 2014, after which all forms within the submission system will be locked and accessible as read-only.
Submission system version 1.3 (September 2013)
Release notes for the submission system v1.3 are available following system updated that took place in September 2013.
Submission system version 1.2 (May 2013)
Release notes for the submission system v1.2 are available following system updates that took place in May 2013.
Submission system version 1.1 (April 2013)
Release notes for the submission system v1.1 are available following system updates that took place in April 2013.
Submission confirmation text (June 2013)
The HEI's authorised submitter will be required to confirm this text, as a condition of making the final submission.
A user guide for the REF submission system is available. This has been updated following the submission system update in September 2013. A full list of system validation rules that are enforced when importing data into the REF 2014 submission system either using the web user interface or the API is provided (updated May 2013). A list of error messages that may be encountered when using the REF 2014 submission system is also available.
Submission system user guide (updated September 2013)
Submission system validation rules (updated September 2013)
Submission system error messages (updated September 2013)
Frequently asked questions relating to the submission system are also available.
For user support e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance, or telephone: 0117 9317159.
When contacting user support please include specific details such as a screenshot and/or details of the page, data item and last action performed.
Scheduled downtime for system updates took place in early April 2013 and early September 2013. Now that the submissions deadline has passed, please note that the system may not be available during some weekends in December 2013.