We provide dedicated services and resources to support your research.
For more detail, see our support for researchers guide. It includes help with
- finding theses
- citation searching
- staying up to date on newly published resources
- journal impacts
- identifying funding for research
Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles via the internet. The only constraint on re-use is that authors should be properly acknowledged and cited.
Research outputs are often published in subscription journals and the cost of access to these may be prohibitive, even for researchers in universities. Open Access publication of peer-reviewed research outputs allows researchers in all universities and institutions to read your articles when they are published, or after a short embargo period. Your research outputs may include non-textual elements, such as artworks, videos, photographs and exhibitions.
Adding your research to SHURA makes it Open Access and available to researchers worldwide.
This will help you to raise your profile and publicise your work. Studies into Open Access and the impact of research have shown that publications held in institutional repositories, such as SHURA, are cited more frequently than those available only through subscription-based journals.
Models of Open Access
- Gold – authors pay to publish in a journal that provides immediate Open Access to all of its articles on the publisher's website.
- Green – authors deposit their final copy of the peer-reviewed paper in an institutional repository or subject repository, in parallel with conventional publication. There may be an embargo period before the full text of the repository version is made publicly available. Another route to green Open Access is to publish in a peer-reviewed Open Access journal that is free to view.
- Hybrid – a journal where only some of the articles are Open Access. Usually, authors pay an article processing charge (APC) for Open Access.
Further information for researchers
- The RoMEO database lists journals' copyright policies in relation to Open Access.
- JULIET lists funders' grant rules.
- FACT (Funders and Authors Compliance Tool) covers research funders' Open Access policies.
- The OpenDOAR service allows you to search for content across multiple academic repositories.
- DOAJ is a directory of Open Access journals.
SHURA (Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive)
SHURA is an open access repository containing scholarly outputs and publications of researchers at the University. It contains a range of different types of material including
- journal articles and conference papers
- books and book chapters
- doctoral theses
- non-textual research outputs, eg. artworks, videos, photographs and exhibitions
- project reports
The benefits of adding your research to SHURA include
- improved visibility of research outputs in search results, leading to more downloads and increased citations
- research outputs unconstrained by access barriers and subscriptions
- research promoted within the university and to the wider academic community
- faster research-sharing process
- central place to store all research outputs permanently
- access to usage statistics for individual papers
SHURA is part of a global movement to improve access to peer-reviewed research and similar repositories have been developed by universities worldwide. The OpenDOAR service provides a directory of open access repositories relevant to academic research.
What is research data management?
Research data management describes the set of activities involved in planning, generating, sharing and preserving research data throughout the research life cycle.
Why is managing your research data important?
Research data is a valuable asset. Managing your research data well
- helps to ensure the integrity of the research you conduct
- makes the research process more efficient and robust
- protects against data loss and corruption
- avoids duplication of effort, enables the sharing and re-use of data
- permits verification of your results by others
What do I need to consider when managing my research data?
- What data will you collect or create?
- How and where will you store your data securely?
- How will you back up data and how often will you do this?
- How will you protect and anonymise confidential data and address ethical issues?
- How will you name and structure your files?
- How will you manage access and security?
- How will you document your research data to provide information about the content and context to make it possible for you, and others, to use in the future?
- How will you decide which data should be retained and preserved?
- How will you archive and share data?
- Are there any reasons why your data cannot be shared – for example, personal or commercial confidentiality issues?
What are the requirements for sharing data at the end of your research project?
On completion of your research project, you will need to comply with the requirements of your funder and/or academic publisher for providing appropriate access to your research data within their specified time frame. This may be by depositing your data in a discipline-specific or national or international open access data repository.
For a list of open access repositories by subject area, see the Registry of Research Data Repositories.
How can I find funder's data archiving requirements?
The SHERPA/JULIET database provides current and comprehensive information about the data archiving and data sharing requirements of research funders.
What is the Sheffield Hallam Research Data Archive?
This is a paper storage facility for archiving research data. The archive is housed in a locked room and access is available during office hours. The archive accepts paper-based research material associated with published research and/or completed work for funders where there is no external archive that expects to receive the data.
The Digital Curation Centre is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation. They offer advice and guidance to anyone who needs to store, manage and protect digital data. They also provide example data management plans and an online tool for creating your own plan, which can be customised to meet funder requirements and included in research proposals.
Dr Eddy Verbaan is the research data manager at Sheffield Hallam. If you have any queries relating to planning, creating, storing, sharing or preserving your research data, please contact him at email@example.com.