The problem with recognising all research is that no one knows which research outputs need to be collected to recognise everyone’s contribution. We started with the non-publication-based categories from the current REF (categories L to V) and then asked the research community to nominate new categories (categories 1 to 10) that would allow hidden research outputs to be submitted. The result is the Hidden REF categories, as described in the table below.
Nominate a great colleague
This category allows you to nominate a person whose work has been instrumental in the conduct of your research. You may wish to talk to the person you are nominating and allow them to review your nomination to ensure that you have described their work accurately.
Nominate your work
These categories allow you to nominate any work that contributes towards research success, but which is not best represented by traditional research outputs.