Win a prize with the ‘Open Access Seasonal Cards’ REF campaign


Open Access Seasonal Cards

Upon returning to their offices today, academics may have noticed a seasonal card from the teams at RKE and Library Services. The idea behind these cards is to raise awareness on the importance of the University’s Open Access policy and how this affects staff. The card is a simple addition to a wider campaign that includes flyers, emails, workshops, door hangers and letters.

The campaign was designed to offer support and assistance to academics in a variety ways. We understand that each researcher works differently and we want to ensure that our help can be accessed via any suitable avenue.


There are also ‘4 Golden Tickets’ placed randomly in these cards.  If you are lucky enough to find one of these, follow the instructions on the ticket to claim your prize before the 31st January 2017.

Compliance with the next REF

Most major funders already mandate that outputs from their funding must be made freely available and accessible. HEFCE has announced that all journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN must be made Open Access within 3 months from the date of acceptance for publication if they are to be eligible for submission to the next REF. We encourage all staff to be pro-active in ensuring that their publications are complaint.

What does this mean for Manchester Met staff?

Manchester Met staff should comply with the HEFCE policy by using Symplectic, the University’s research management system to deposit their ‘Accepted Version’. This is the version that the publisher agrees to publish but before they have applied their own typeset and formatting.

You can log into Symplectic at

Help and support

If you need further guidance and support on using Symplectic then you can visit the Symplectic pages within the RKE Systems section of Moodle here.

You can also or call extension 2822.

For assistance with versioning, you can contact the dedicated library help service at

For further information on OA including copyright and embargo periods you can go to the Library Guide at