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Provided by: Office of Scholarly Communication

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REF 2021 open access requirements: a practical introduction to uploading publications (for librarians, research support staff and administrators in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)


This course covers the practical steps you need to take in order to ensure that work submitted for publication by University of Cambridge researchers is compliant for REF2021.

We will introduce the principles of open access and open research, and guide you through the necessary steps to meet the open access requirements of REF2021. We will demonstrate key processes for uploading work to Symplectic, including choosing the right version of a work to upload. There will be plenty of time in the session to ask questions, and for you to try out uploading papers.

This course will be useful to you if you:

  • administer the uploading of research outputs to Symplectic Elements to make them open access
  • manage Symplectic profiles
Target audience
  • All those who manage Symplectic Elements profiles and/or support the uploading of research outputs to Symplectic Elements to make them open access
  • This course is tailored for those in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, although all are welcome.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available
Topics covered

Join us to explore:

  • the principles of open access and open research,
  • what you need to know about REF2021 open access requirements,
  • how to use the University's CRIS platform, Symplectic Elements, to make research outputs available,
  • which version of a publication to upload, and when to upload it.
  • Short presentation
  • Interactive discussion
  • Demonstration of support systems Apollo and Symplectic Elements (including the opportunity to explore these platforms yourself)
  • Questions
System requirements

You may find it useful to bring your own internet-enabled laptop to this session. Alternatively, Library laptops will be available in the room.

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One session of one hour


Once a month


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