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By the time you read this, you’ll have greater visibility of the open access (OA) status of your research outputs in the Pure backend.

In the Assessment section of the output record, you will be presented with a colour-coded marker that tells you if REF OA compliance has been met, not met, or if Pure can’t determine it from the information supplied. You’ll also be given the dates that inform that OA status.

Screenshot of the 'Assessment' section, found on an OA-relevant output record in Pure. Contains a colour-coded OA marker and the various dates that dictate the status.

This information only appears if the output falls within the scope of the Open Access Policy (i.e. articles that were accepted since April 2016), but knowing the OA compliance status can help you decide whether you need to request a REF exception for that output.


  • If you have any questions about your outputs, you can contact Learning Services.
  • Questions about the REF or any other aspects of Pure can come to us in the Research Office.

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