Countdown to Act on Acceptance – 1st April 2016

HEFCE’s OA policy takes effect on 1 April 2016, and requires action by all researchers.

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

‘Act on Acceptance’ is Oxford’s mechanism to help researchers comply with open access using our new quick deposit form. From now on researchers should use Symplectic Elements to deposit all newly-accepted articles and conference papers into ORA.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

For more information and to get started visit the Open Access Oxford website:

Training & help

Library staff are also very happy to come and talk in MSD departments to groups and individuals about Open Access. Please contact (clinical depts.) or (non-clinical depts.) if you'd like one of our team to come and talk to you or your colleagues.

You can also get help and advice from our open access helpline


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