HEFCE distributes around £4 billion of funding a year to English higher education institutions. To decide how much to give to each institution, every six years HEFCE assesses the research outputs (journal articles, book chapters, monographs, datasets) of each institution in the UK and assigns a score – the higher the score, the more money institutions get. This is the “Research Excellence Framework”, REF.
The next assessment that will take place is in 2020, and for journal articles to be eligible they must be available as open access – either gold or green (click here if you're not sure of the difference). And therefore, because money is involved, institutions are very keen for their researchers to make their articles open access.
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Scottish Funding Council also use the REF to determine how to allocate funding to their institutions, these two organizations have also effectively adopted the HEFCE open access policy.
Our communications team has come up with this infographic which will hopefully be helpful if your authors are unsure of what they need to do to be compliant with the HEFCE OA policy. We’d like you to share it as widely as possible!