Open Research Exeter @ The Forum

The morning of Friday 22nd March saw the University of Exeter’s newly rebranded repository Open Research Exeter (ORE) take over part of The Forum street and launch headlong into the world amid a flurry of promotional posters, postcards and even some slightly peculiarly coloured fairy cakes. Demos were given and chocolates were brandished at unsuspecting passing students and staff in conjunction with the promotion of other services for researchers at Exeter. The event went very well, with a good degree of passing custom and it felt great to be out there getting the message across about the newly merged repository and the benefits of Open Access to research papers, PGR theses and research data.

Later in that day we decamped, balloons aloft, across the campus and through the howling wind and rain to Reed Hall where a celebratory lunch was held for stakeholders and those from around the University who had supported the project since it began in October 2011. Michael Wykes, RKT’s Policy, Impact, and Performance Manager, toasted the successful conclusion of the Open Exeter Project before we tucked in to an abundant spread of delicious goodies. We would like to thank everyone for coming along to support us and we hope to continue to work closely with researchers and others from around the University to ensure that our project outputs are sustainable in the long-term.

If you have any questions about ORE, please contact or .

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This post was written by Megan Hunt on April 2, 2013

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Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students

The Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students has been approved by the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research. The Task and Finish Group who developed the policy felt that from the perspective of the University of Exeter researcher it would be clearer to include both research data management and Open Access to both research data and research papers in the same policy document. Further information will be provided about the procedures around the research data management element of the policy prior to October 2013 when we know in more detail how data upload to the University’s repository will work for PGR students.

The policy will be implemented in two stages:

  1. PGR students who are funded by RCUK should comply with this policy with regards to research papers submitted for publication from 1st April 2013.
  1. All PGR students should comply with this policy from 1st October 2013 with regards to research papers and research data.

The key points of the policy are as follows:

Research Papers

  • PGR students should make the published research papers they produce whilst affiliated with the University (from the date of policy implementation) available on Open Access according to funder requirements and as soon as publisher restrictions will allow.
  • It is anticipated that PGR research papers will be made available on Open Access via the green Open Access route, for example by depositing a copy of the paper in the institutional repository.
  • Published research papers should include a short statement describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed.

Research Data

  • PGR students should always comply with funder policy on research data management.
  • PGR students and their supervisors should discuss and review research data management issues annually. A draft checklist to support PGRs and their supervisors in the annual research data review is available here.
  • At the end of the degree, PGR students should register selected research data with the University’s institutional repository. When legally, commercially and ethically appropriate, this selected research data should be made available in an appropriate repository, for example a discipline-specific repository such as the Archaeology Data Service, or the University’s institutional repository.
  • PGR students will be able to embargo their research data in order to have a period of privileged use of the data that they have created or collected.

The following links provide further help and guidance on Open Access and research data management for PGR students and their supervisors:

Further help and advice is available via the Open Access and Data Curation Team on or .

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on February 18, 2013

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