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REF2021 Submission system has been updated.  Version 1.1 is available at https://submissions.ref.ac.uk.  The release note for v1.1 can be found here.

Accessing the submission system

The live REF2021 Submission system can be accessed here:

https://submissions.ref.ac.uk

User accounts for the submission system are managed by your institution.  Your technical contact will have received an invitation to register.  Once they have registered they will be able to create further user accounts for your institution.  

If you require a login for the submission system please email your Institutional contact.

Please visit the expected release timeline for details of further releases which will deliver the remaining functionality.

There is a test submission system that is available for institutions to use. (Please contact user support if you'd like to register for the test version of the submission system.) 

The test submission system can be accessed here:

https://testsubmissions.ref.ac.uk

User support

If you are experiencing problems when using the Submission system, please visit the Submission system FAQs and Known issues pages, which are updated regularly.

If you wish to contact user support you can either email [email protected] or call the user support help desk on 0117 905 7630.  The help desk operates Monday - Friday from 9.30am - 5.00pm.

If you have policy-related questions regarding your submissions, please contact [email protected].

Registration for the Submission system

If your institution has not yet registered for the Submission system please visit Registering for the submission system for information about registration. 

If you require a login for the submission system please email your Institutional contact.

User guides

Please note that the user guides are live documents that are written in tandem with the system development.  Any content in the user guide which relates to features of the system which are not yet live are not yet signed off and therefore to be considered as draft.  

REF2021 Submission Intentions - Version 1 30 Sept 2019.pdf

REF2021 Submission Intentions user guide - 30 Sept 2019.pdf (822 KB)

REF2021 User Guide Version 1.1 - 4 November 2019

REF2021 Submission system user guide 4 Nov 2019.pdf (2.0 MB)

REF2021 API User Guide - Version 1 30 Sept 2019

REF2021 API User Guide - Version 1 30 Sept 2019.pdf (1.3 MB)

Detailed information on the data requirements for the Submission system can be found on the Submission system data requirements page.