The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is now committed to supporting open-access publishing, a policy which impacts directly on submissions for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). (For the most recent HEFCE policy guide, please consult

On acceptance for publication in Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, authors may deposit the accepted pre-publication version of their article on a personal or university department website, in a subject repository or in their university’s research repository.

As soon as the article is published in Key Words, the published version may replace the pre-published version, but only after an embargo period of 24 months during which period the published version may not be made publicly available. Authors may, however, use the published version of the article for teaching purposes or for sharing with research colleagues on an individual, non-commercial basis.