Today’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.
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.