Act on acceptance

act-on-acceptance-open-access-blog-bannerTo help our research-active staff ensure their work is eligible for the next REF, there is just one simple message to remember: ‘Act on acceptance’.

This means that as soon as your work has been accepted for publication, deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in the University‚Äôs research repository. Act on acceptance is a simple message about a good habit to get into and one that’s essential for REF eligibility making sure publications are eligible for the current Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

Use your normal University network details to log in to Worktribe (off-campus access is through the VPN or virtual desktop). The four-step process to deposit a research output is:

  1. Create a record
  2. Add your accepted manuscript
  3. Click the deposit button
  4. Forward your acceptance email to

This last step is important: after you’ve deposited your work in the repository, send the evidence of acceptance date to and we’ll ‘tie’ this to the deposited record (restricted access). Articles need to be deposited within three months of acceptance.

If your article is being made open access through the gold route, please add information about this to the repository record.

Any questions or comments? Send them to

Further information

Edinburgh Napier University’s Open Access Policy

REF open access policy