A publication in Internet Archaeology is eligible in the next Research Excellence Framework. UK academics will be aware that for the next REF, HEFCE's open access policy states that journal articles and conference proceedings must be available in an open access form in order to be eligible and to achieve this, author accepted versions must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository. In practice, repositories are requesting, or in some cases, requiring authors to supply a PDF.
By the time there is an accepted version of an Internet Archaeology article, it has ceased to exist as a single file from which a PDF might easily be made. Even if one could be created, PDF is not a particularly good fit for much of the 3D, visual, interactive content in Internet Archaeology - plus all our content is open access in any case (and separately archived by the ADS of course).
With these points in mind, I contacted Ben Johnson from HEFCE who has helpfully supplied clarification (by email on 15 June 2016) concerning Internet Archaeology and the open access policy.
...we'd therefore recommend that you advise your authors that they should use the 'gold OA' exception in the policy (paragraph 38f in this doc: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/HEFCE,2014/Content/Pubs/2014/201407/HEFCE2014_07_updated%20July%202015.pdf). This exception means that the author does not need to deposit their work in a repository.
If you have any particular queries in regards to this, please feel free to contact me.
21 June 2016
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