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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Collecting data that captures human emotions

Another case study by an Exeter PGR is now available:

This report, by Mrunal Chavda, a Drama PhD student, presents some fairly unusual data management challenges.

Basically, Mrunal is attempting to capture and document emotional responses to dramatic situations using human subjects.

This immediately throws up obvious issues around ethics, confidentiality and the correct use and storage of information covered by the Data Protection Act.

Given the unusual nature of the study there are some unique challenges around data collection – how to ensure the emotions captured are unselfconscious and genuine, and what technologies can be used. Devices must be reliable and robust but also as unobtrusive as possible.

All this is carried out with the purpose of developing a new analytical model based on Rasa aesthetics.

Interesting reading!

For a basic definition of Rasa:


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This post was written by Jill Evans on August 20, 2012

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Open Exeter DAF survey results

We will post more on our survey results shortly but I wanted to get the report out quickly as I think there may be interest in the findings, particularly amongst JISC MRD projects.

You can access the report from ERIC, our repository:

It would be great to get some feedback or comments.  Equally, we are happy to answer any queries arising from the report.

Posted under Online survey, Reports

This post was written by Jill Evans on August 8, 2012

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The Holistic Librarian – Open for Business!

We have started piloting research data management training with Afzal Hasan, the Subject Librarian for Arabic and Islamic Studies and Politics at the University. The training will take the form of “23 Things for Research Data Management” (see, for example, the 23 Things Cambridge blog). It will be a self-directed course designed to help our Subject Librarians become familiar with the concepts and practicalities of research data management. The pilot training will take place over a period of several months. Once each Thing has been completed, Afzal will report back on the task via this blog and help us to refine the training so that it meets the needs of Subject Librarians in this area.

In this video, Afzal talks about why he has agreed to take part in this pilot training and what he hopes to get out of the experience.

Afzal is already working on “Thing 1” so check the blog soon to hear his thoughts and opinions on the task.

Posted under Holistic Librarian, Training

This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on April 11, 2012

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