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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.

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Visiting Professors and Fellows: policy and guidance

Submitted by Matthew Watson on behalf of Research and Enterprise Committee

Revised policy, guidance and nomination forms for new Visiting Professors and Fellows are now available.

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Policy

Appointment of Visiting Professors and Fellows – Guidance

Visiting Professors and Fellows – Nomination Form

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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Research data management principles and responsibilities

This morning the University’s Research and Enterprise Committee approved several recommendations put forward by its Research Data Working Group. Among these was the adoption of a new set of research data management (RDM) principles and responsibilities.

The principles are designed to support the University’s research data policy and roadmap, and follow a similar pattern to those in use at a number of other universities.  The group hope that these will clarify the university’s expectations of good practice in research data management as well as enabling those bidding for external funding to demonstrate their compliance with funders’ requirements.

The principles and responsibilities are outlined in this document and replicated below.

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