Journal research data policy registry pilot
Making research data publication policies accessible to benefit researchers, research managers and other stakeholders
1 year and 7 months
Ended 31 Oct 2016100%
£250k to £1m
We're piloting a service that enables researchers, research support staff, publishers, journals and other interested parties to create, search, view and update policies on the research data underlying academic publications.
As part of the open research data agenda, research funders have started to mandate that the research data behind publications is made widely and freely accessible.
In order to comply with funders, researchers need access to clear guidelines on the academic journal’s expectations when it comes to deposit and access of the supporting data.
Publishers are increasingly putting in place policies to support access to data. As research data management becomes a higher priority for institutions, there is an opportunity for the sector to work with other stakeholders for more standardisation in the publication, access and citation of research data.
Project focus and aims
The core aim of the pilot will be to prove the concept technically, and to assess the level of demand for a potential service. The project also aims to contribute to driving best practice regarding the publication of journal research data policies as an integral part of the scholarly communication process.
The policy registry provides three opportunities to drive good practice in research data publication:
- To increase the absolute number of journals with research data policies as a result of making information on journals’ research data policies easily available
- To drive practice towards the more robust end of the policy spectrum, through making comparison and assessment of policies easier
- To contribute to the standardisation of policy by providing research data policy templates to incentivise journals to publish their policies in a consistent way.
We’re working in partnership with the Biosharing project at the University of Oxford e-Research centre.
If successful, the pilot would contribute to the creation of a less chaotic policy landscape for researchers and intermediaries to navigate and consequently increase the efficiency of the sector.
The standardisation of policies could also help researchers and universities meet funder mandates which secures future research funding streams for research institutions.
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This project ran until autumn 2016