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How does it affect me?

The university OA policy states that all published outputs, both text and non-text based, will be deposited in electronic format in Pure and made publicly available via the Research Repository. In the event that the output format prevents full deposit, as a minimum, bibliographic data should be added.
To be eligible for submission to REF2021, all journal articles or conference proceedings must have been deposited in Pure within 3 months of acceptance. This applies to all outputs accepted for publication from 1st April 2016 onwards.

All research outputs that are made open access are deposited and managed in Pure using the data quality and compliance workflows that are embedded in the system. This includes applying metadata standards and ensuring deposits comply with copyright, licensing and publisher embargoes.


What do I need to do? 


As a researcher, all you need to do is log in to Pure and add your published outputs using the relevant template. Training and support in using Pure is provided by the Research Office.

New publications

  • Add bibliographic data and your output file to Pure.
  • For text based outputs this should be the author's accepted and final peer-reviewed text (PDF format) or the published version if an Article Processing Charge (APC) has been paid. 
  • For practice-based research where the research process or content is not evident from the output itself, researchers should include additional materials that communicate the research imperatives to potential research users and to other scholars.


Existing publications

  • Check to make sure that your publications record is up to date and complete.
  • Add any missing publications so that your research is freely available via the UBR.
  • You may be able to import bibiliographic data for missing publications from databases such as Scopus using the import tool embedded in Pure.



RCUK  or Horizon 2020 funded research?


If you are in receipt of funding from RCUK or Horizon 2020, when deciding where to publish your article you will need to make sure that you are meeting their Open Access requirements.

RCUK or Horizon 2020 require you to acknowledge the funder in your published output.








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