Open Access at the University of Northampton: state of play

Since 2007 Library and Learning Services have been offering services to researchers wishing to engage with the Open Access (OA) agenda.  This post summarises the policy, services and support now available at the University of Northampton.

Open Access policy:

In December 2015 the University Research and Enterprise Committee approved an OA policy for the University.  Aligned with, and supporting, HEFCE’s open access policy for the REF, the University policy states: “the University supports the principle of open access and expects researchers to share their research outputs freely, subject to legal, ethical, commercial or contractual constraints”.  The policy requires researchers to ‘act on acceptance‘ in depositing their work in the University’s institutional repository, NECTAR.

Complementing the University’s OA policy, its Research Data Policy and corresponding Research Data Management Principles and Responsibilities encourage the sharing of research data where legally, commercially and ethically appropriate.

Open Access services at the University:

bee_in_flowerNECTAR (Northampton Electronic Collection of Theses And Research) is the University’s longest established OA service, with details of over 6400 research outputs and nearly 900 full texts (as at 4th August 2016).  NECTAR is harvested by both general and specialist search engines, making the University’s research outputs highly discoverable to research users.

The NECTAR team in Library and Learning Services (LLS) provide a variety of support for NECTAR, including system support; training; metadata checking and enhancement; and checking the copyright of researchers’ work prior to making the full text openly available.

Northampton Open Journals is the University’s OA journals collection.  Currently comprising just two journals, this service is for members of the University who wish to create and edit their own OA journal.

Research data sharing.  As noted above, the University encourages data sharing where possible.  In the first instance, researchers are invited to deposit their shareable data in an external, subject specific data repository but otherwise they may use TUNDRA2 for this purpose.  TUNDRA2 is the University’s document management system and it has been used effectively by a number of research projects for research data management (see here for an example).

For queries about open data, including the creation of data management plans in bids for funding, contact the Open Access team.Cash pounds sterling

University Open Access Fund. Since August 2016 the University has had an Open Access Fund to cover the cost of article processing charges (APCs).  See this post for details of how to apply for this funding.

Open Access: where to get help:

Support for OA is available from a number of sources:

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