The University of Exeter’s open access and research data management policy for postgraduate research students has been updated. The existing PGR policy was almost two years old and in such a rapidly changing scholarly publishing environment was felt to be almost certainly out-of-date. The policy was reviewed by Open Access and Data Curation staff and amendments suggested for approval by the Graduate Research Faculty Board. The aims of the revision were:
- To ensure the terms of the policy are consistent with current academic and funder guidelines;
- To make the details of the policy clearer so that PGRs understand exactly what is required of them;
- To eradicate any ambiguity by simplifying the language used;
- To link to existing relevant documentation that underpins and clarifies elements of the policy.
Revisions to the policy were approved by the Board on 23/10/14 and the updated Version 3 has been uploaded to ORE.
As ever, if there are any questions, do get in touch with Open Access and Data Curation.
We blogged back in April about impending changes to NIHR open access policy – the new policy is now available from the NIHR Policy and Standards web site.
The policy brings the NIHR approach to open access more in line with other funders of medical research such as MRC and Wellcome.
NIHR favours the paid ‘gold’ route to open access; new requirements include the use of CC-BY licences where a fee is involved and deposit in Europe PubMed Central within six months of publication. You can, of course, continue to make your research available via the ‘green’ route by depositing it in Exeter’s institutional repository, ORE, providing any embargo period required by the publisher does not exceed six months.
Just a reminder that if you intend to submit any published journal article to the next REF, it will need to be in ORE.