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Videos to support institutions with submit

Training video for Submitting without joint submissions

Submission system Submit video (137.9 MB)

Training video for Submitting with joint submissions

JointSubFinalSubmit.mp4 (64.9 MB)

User guides for the submission system

The user guides for the system are available here.  The PDF version of the guide contains identical content to the user guide which is included on each page of the Submission system.  It is provided here as a standalone document for those users who find this more useful.

The API user guide is aimed at developers who will be developing bespoke code to use the API to import data in bulk into the submission system

Submission system user guide (last updated February 2021)

Current REF2021 User Guide 2.8.pdf (2.3 MB)

API user guide (last updated Sept 2019)

REF2021 API User Guide - Version 1 30 Sept 2019.pdf (1.3 MB)


Documentation relating to import can accessed below:

Guidance on import formats

Schemas and example file formats

Data requirements for outputs

Submission system validation rules

Blank templates for REF3 / REF5a / REF5b