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The REF 2029 Open Access Policy consultation opens

The four UK higher education funding bodies have launched a consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2029 Open Access Policy. The consultation will gather a deeper understanding of sector perspectives on key issues and impacts in relation to our policy proposals.

The purpose of the REF 2029 Open Access Policy is to outline open access requirements for the exercise. The proposed policy aims to embed progress in the sector for open access submission for journal publications and introduces an open access requirement for longform publications.

Any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research or scholarly publishing is invited to respond to the consultation. The consultation closes on Monday 17 June 2024 and the REF team intends to publish the final REF 2029 Open Access Policy in the summer or autumn of 2024.

The REF team will engage with the sector through a series of consultation events to give attendees the opportunity to hear more about the proposals. Details on the OA engagement events will be published as they are added or finalised.