5. Summarised Open Access Research & Research Data Management policy

Falmouth University understands that open access to both research documents and collected research data allows greater visibility of research to academics and the public and can drive new research opportunities and project collaborations.

Making data open access has demonstrated a marked increase the number of citations and the reuse of data.

The repositories trigger new research opportunities and ensure that data does not have to be recreated unnecessarily. This allows users to build on any existing research and provides further opportunities to identify fresh discoveries.

This policy supports Falmouth University in demonstrating publicly funded research is for the public good, and by being made freely available when it is appropriate in legal, commercial and ethical terms, it does not create any adverse risks to the originators or the University.

This policy is has been created to support researchers in complying with any funding body requirements on open access to research data. It is vital that Falmouth University meets these needs since there is a risk of income loss if funders' aims and expectations are not achieved in this regard.

Falmouth University recognises that taking a best practice approach in research data management can drive up the levels of research excellence. Research data is a most valuable asset and, by using good management practices, it will be of benefit to the researchers, the University and the wider community.

As part of the good practice, research data is stored securely and data loss is minimised. In addition, data is recognised as being of a sufficient standard and has been validated. This ensures that when reuse and sharing of the data occurs, it does not pollute any subsequent research with dubious or poor quality data.

  • Falmouth University requires that all researchers should understand and comply with this policy with regards to open access to research data from when they sign up as a participant
  • Falmouth University recognises and supports the principles of open access to research items and, where legally, commercially and ethically appropriate, to the research data of its own research community
  • It is important that researchers always comply with any funder policies concerning open access publishing and research data management
  • Any submitted research data will be managed to Falmouth University standards throughout the life cycle of the research data. The standards indicated in this document, unless specifically designed to be low quality, should follow the guidelines provided in this document
  • The standards are a minimum benchmark to ensure that the works of the submitter and the University are showcased in the repository in their best light
  • Any research proposals to be included in FURR must include data management plans that identify the capture of the following elements: management, integrity, confidentiality, security, selection, preservation and disposal, commercialisation, costs, sharing and publication of research data, and the production of descriptive metadata to aid discovery and reuse. Each element to be captured when relevant
  • Falmouth University is responsible for providing users with training, support and advice on the use of FURR and the guidance on open access and research data management. In addition, the University must provide a backed-up storage service for completed digital research data and for open access research data
  • The responsibility for management and research data during any project is shared jointly with investigators and researchers. Where groups of authors are involved, a selected lead author is responsible for complying with the funder and University policy on open access research data
  • All researchers should deposit the research papers they produce whilst they are employed at the University on the FURR, as soon as any publisher restrictions will allow. Embargo periods of 6-24 months are common, depending on funder requirements
  • To protect the interests of small, independent learned societies and smaller, non-profit publishers, the University supports an embargo period of up to three years
  • All data will be offered and assessed for deposit and preservation in a recognised format that is appropriate to the University and national and international repository standards.  Exceptions are managed on a case by case basis via the FURR administrator at: repository@falmouth.ac.uk
  • Valid reasons for non-deposit will include commercial, social sensibility and confidentiality issues
  • Published research must include a statement describing how and under what terms any supporting research information may be accessed
  • Any research data that has been identified for retention must be registered with the FURR, even if the information is retained in a national or international data service or domain repository - also if the data is not suitable for publishing on open access
  • Any data which has been identified for retention must not be deposited with any organisations that do not commit to the information being accessed and available for reuse, unless it is a condition of funding or it would jeopardise or otherwise impede commercial interests
  • The FURR administrative and operational areas within the University will be responsible for the upkeep and review of this policy. It will be updated regularly and version controlled
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