Q. Why is the acceptance date for my journal article needed, when I upload the full text to CRO?
The acceptance date for articles needs to be recorded to assess whether the article is compliant with the REF policy on Open Access.
The eligibility criteria for REF 2021, require articles to be added within 3 months of the acceptance date. This applies to journal articles and conference papers that have been published in proceedings with an ISSN. Further details can be found on p56, point 236 of the policy guidance document.
The acceptance date is the date the article has been formally accepted by the journal or conference, usually confirmed in an acceptance letter or email from the publisher.