Know Your Embargoes

I thought it was worth posting a reminder about the embargo periods some publishers impose on the depositing of final author-created manuscripts in SURE.

                                                                                  Image: Sean MacEntee (CC BY 2.0)

As you know, HEFCE’s Open Access Policy requires researchers to upload the final, author-created version of all journal articles and published conference papers to SURE within 3 months of publication if they are to be eligible for the next REF.  Some publishers, however, will not grant permission to do this until the expiration of an embargo period.  The length of the embargo period differs from journal to journal – some can be several years!

HEFCE will allow an embargo of up to 12 months for REF panels A & B, and of up to 24 months for panels C & D.

It’s always best to check with the publisher before you submit a paper for publication to make sure your eligibility for the next REF is not affected.

A list of embargo periods from Elsevier is available here;

As ever, if you need any more information, please get in touch:


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