It might seem a little early seeing as we've only just received the results of REF2014, but we're already looking ahead to REF2020.
Our team is involved with the 'Ginger Group' - a collection of individuals from across the University's academic departments, the library, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)'s office and in marketing - which is working to ensure that Bath's academic community is REF eligible as the rules change for the next round of assessment.
HEFCE's Open Access requirements for the next REF include the condition that outputs can only be submitted to the REF if they are published as open access as soon as they are accepted for publication. Full text at publication stage is now too late.
We're working to communicate this to all researchers at Bath. We've launched the 'Three Step' campaign today across campus (look out for your email from Prof Jane Millar) and we'll be leading on monthly communications over the next 18 months as we approach the April 2016 deadline.
Currently, 30% of Bath's research papers are published open access. By April 2016, this needs to be 100%.
Find out more about the 'Three Steps' to open access publishing here.