Cambridge Research Excellence Framework 2014


This site provides researchers and administrators with up-to-date information on the REF.


A message from Professor Lynn Gladden (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research):

Thanks to the enormous efforts of very many people, the University of Cambridge made its 2014 REF submission in good time. HEFCE's various panels are now assessing all the submissions, and this process together with the REF audit will continue through most of 2014.

The next - and final - deadlines are:

  • 19th December 2014 - Publication of outcomes
  • Spring 2015 - Publication of submissions, panel overview reports and sub-profiles

Few definite decisions have yet been made about the next REF, but it is likely that `REF 2014' will be succeeded by `REF 2020'. An important feature of the next REF is that research outputs must have been published `open access' in order to be submitted to the REF. In other words, authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. This applies to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (but not monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data) that are accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

The full details of HEFCE's policy can be found here.