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Your online thesis: what you need to know

The PGR Thesis and Examination Policy states that it is mandatory for final, post-examination copies of research degree theses to be deposited in NECTAR.  But what does this mean for PGR students (and their supervisors)?

This post will outline the policy and procedure for depositing your thesis in NECTAR and some the issues you need to consider when doing this.

Gather your strength and read on…

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REF – OPEN ACCESS

Each Unit of Assessment will need to submit a section on “open research”, detailing the submitting unit’s open access strategy, including where this goes above and beyond the REF open access policy requirements, and wider activity to encourage the effective sharing and managment of research data.

To assist us in meeting this criteria, please ensure that all research outputs that are accepted for publication are uploaded to NECTAR as soon as they have been accepted

Note – copyright will be checked, and all publisher’s policies will be respected. What can be made open, will be!

Note – by depositing your work in NECTAR this does not make your work automatically open access.

If you have any questions about embargo periods or credibility of journals that you are looking to publish in please email openaccess@northampton.ac.uk

Open Access Requirements for all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from the 1st of April 2016 are:

Deposit – within 3 months of acceptance

Embargo Periods – 12 months – Panel A and B (STEM), 24 Months Panel C and D

 

 

 

Important: new open access policy for the University

At last week’s meeting of the University’s Research and Enterprise Committee, members approved a new open access 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.

From 1st April 2016:
• All researchers will record bibliographic details of their research outputs in NECTAR within three months of the date of acceptance for publication, presentation or other dissemination in the public arena.
• The authors of journal articles and conference proceedings will upload the accepted full text copies of their work to NECTAR within three months of acceptance for publication.
• The full content of other research outputs should be deposited In NECTAR as soon as possible.
• All full content will be made openly available immediately or following the expiry of an agreed embargo period.

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RDM at the University of Northampton: state of play

Over the last three years the University has been implementing its roadmap for research data management (RDM).  This post outlines some of the work that has been undertaken and describes where we are now with respect to support for RDM at Northampton.

The University’s RDM roadmap was created in response to a demand from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that Universities in receipt of EPSRC funding must conform to a set of  expectations concerning the management of research data. Institutions were (by April 2012) expected to produce a roadmap outlining how they would meet these expectations and then (by April 2015) to implement that roadmap.

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Data management planning using DMPonline

In its research data policy and principles, the University of Northampton strongly encourages researchers to produce data management plans (DMPs) for their research projects.  DMPonline is the recommended tool for this purpose.

Last year the university’s Research Data Working Group discussed the creation of Northampton-specific guidance for DMPonline users.  The tool permits institutions to enter local information about support for data management planning which users will see when they create their DMPs.

For Northampton, the local guidance now covers the University’s policies, procedures and responsibilities for research data management, as well as information about related services (such as TUNDRA2 and NECTAR) that can be used in your DMP.

To see the new University of Northampton guidance in DMPonline you will need to take the following steps when you create your plan:

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