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* The ‘green’ route is where outputs are made freely available online via an open access repository like Insight. It is preferable to the other method of open access publishing, the ‘gold’ route, because it avoids authors (or their institutions) paying hefty Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish in ‘gold’ open access journals.

** The HEFCE open access policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the next REF, certain outputs (journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN) must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository like Insight within three months of being accepted for publication (until 1st April 2017 the requirement is relaxed to within three months of publication). The version deposited must be the authors' final accepted manuscript (after peer-review, but before the publisher’s typesetting). The requirement does not apply to monographs, book chapters, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or research data. The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1st April 2016 i.e. now. Where publishers stipulate embargo periods before manuscripts can be made open access in Insight, those embargoes must not exceed 12 months for STEM subjects and 24 months for Arts and Humanities subjects.