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 .

Posted under Advocacy and Governance, News, Open Access, PGR students, Research

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

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Research data management survival guide for new PhD students

In time for our new PGR intake this week, we’ve just released a one-page research data management survival guide: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3738

This has been produced in conjunction with our six Follow the Data postgraduate students. Based on their own experiences as new students they have developed year-by-year tips on handling the main RDM issues and a checklist of resources for RDM activities and skills. In other words, ‘what I know now that I wish I had known then’.

It’s great to see how our PGRs have grown in skills and confidence in managing and talking about their data and fantastic that they can now share this knowledge with others.

I hope others will find this document helpful – please do use freely, and let us have your feedback.

Posted under PGR students, Training

This post was written by Jill Evans on September 17, 2012

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