In April 2014, the four UK higher education funding bodies announced a new policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
HEFCE's FAQ 2.4 (updated August 2016) provides additional guidance on conference proceedings and journals with only an ISBN: The REF policy does, however, suggest that credit will be given in the research environment component of the post-2014 REF where a HEI can demonstrate that it has taken steps towards enabling open access for outputs outside scope.
Note: The University's own Policy on the Publication of Research also makes requirements in terms of the deposit of published research outputs.
By date of acceptance, the paper should have been updated to include all changes resulting from peer review as well as any changes of an academic nature requested by the journal editor or conference organiser.
At this stage, the journal editor or conference organiser normally notifies the author that their paper has been ‘firmly’ accepted (as opposed to any earlier point of ‘provisional’ acceptance e.g. For guidance on how to do this within PURE see Deposit your research.
conditional on major or minor revisions being made) and the paper is ready for copy-editing or typesetting; it is the date of this notification that should be taken to mean the date of acceptance. The HECFE policy defines date of publication as the earliest date that the final version-of-record is made available on the publisher's website.
This generally means that the "early online" date, rather than the print publication date, should be taken as the date of publication.It is extremely important that the correct version of a manuscript is deposited in PURE.Most publishers will not allow the final published version to be deposited.See Journal policies and Article versions for more information.It is the author's accepted and final peer-reviewed text, otherwise known as "accepted manuscript", "accepted author manuscript", "author accepted manuscript" (AAM), "final author version" or "post-print" that is required for deposit into PURE.The HEFCE FAQs on deposit on acceptance illustrate the versions of manuscripts using the following diagram: The author's final, accepted manuscript is the one that has been agreed with the editor at point of acceptance.