Rewind: Open Access Week 2016 – HEFCE v RCUK

HEFCE v RCUK - OriginalToday’s rewind is the second poster created for Open Access Week 2016. This poster looks at the HEFCE and RCUK open access policies and what you, the researcher, needs to do in order to comply with them. As usual, click the poster to see it at full size.

HEFCE is the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and introduced an open access policy for complying with the post-2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) in April 2016.

RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Researchers in receipt of a grant from one of the councils must comply with the open access policy.

UWE Bristol Research Data Repository

In addition to the Research Repository for research outputs, we now have the Research Data Repository to record and preserve data that has been generated from research projects. This was originally launched to meet EPSRC expectations for research data preservation and discovery. Library services are able to offer secure, long term preservation for data which needs to be kept e.g. because it underpins a publication, and we can help create metadata records relating to preserved data. A permanent identifier is created which can be cited within resulting publications as a link to the underlying data. This is a requirement made by an increasing number of publishers and funders including EPSRC.

The article Neale, H., Laister, R., Payne, J., Preston, G., Jackson, R. and Arnold, D. L. (2016) A low frequency persistent reservoir of a genomic island in a pathogen population ensures island survival and improves pathogen fitness in a susceptible host. Environmental Microbiology, 18 (11). pp. 4144-4152 is an excellent example of how the Research Data Repository has been used to make data underpinning a publication openly available. The article, available from , acknowledges BBSRC funding and provides a link to the research data deposited in the Research Data repository at . This record contains a brief description of the data and a link back to the resulting publication deposited in the Research Repository.
The Research Data Repository can also be used to record the location and details of research data held elsewhere, e.g. a subject repository or hard copy data.
We can also preserve research data that cannot be made openly available directly to Arkivum, a secure external archive for the long term preservation of research data.
If you would like to make your research data openly available using the Research Data Repository, or have research data that cannot be made openly available but needs to be preserved securely, please do get in contact with the library research support team at We would be very happy to help you through the process.

Image: “Data?” by Todd Huffman is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Note: This article was originally posted to the old Research Repository blog on 11 January 2017.