The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The School is committed to ensuring equality and diversity in all its REF preparations.

REF2021 preparations and guidance

UK funding bodies have published:

Comply with REF2021

Ensure your outputs are eligible for REF2021, view the REF Open Access policy guidance.

LSE preparations for the REF

The School's preparations for the REF are overseen by the REF Strategy Committee (REFSC).

Each department has appointed a REF coordinator and impact coordinator to oversee departmental planning.

Internal  REF2021 timetable

First assessment exercise for research outputs guidance

REF support and funding

Funding is available to support individuals to produce 3* and 4* REF outputs and  potential REF impact case studies.

Important documents related to LSE’s REF preparations will be posted here once available.

For advice and guidance on the REF, contact Jo Hemmings.

Deposit research in LSE Research Online for REF2021

Step 1: Deposit all your refereed journal articles and conference papers published in proceedings with an ISSN to LSERO within three months of the date of acceptance, in order for these outputs to be eligible for the next REF.

Step 2: Forward your accepted manuscript along with your acceptance email to

Step 3: For all other research outputs, send details to and they will ensure your publication list is up to date.

Submit your research to be eligible for REF2021


  • refereed journal articles
  • refereed conference proceedings


  • within three months of acceptance


Impact in the REF

Equality and diversity in the REF

The School is committed to ensuring equality and diversity in all its REF preparations. For REF2014 a code of practice was developed and approved by the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP).

The School’s REF Strategy Committee also undertook an equality impact assessment for REF2014.

Details of how the School will ensure equality and diversity for REF2021 will be posted here once available.

REF2014 results

LSE confirmed its position as a world-leading research university, with an outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

LSE’s REF2014 results

REF2014 submission and results from UK higher education institutions

Open Access

More information on how LSE's Open Access affects staff


Further guidance


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