Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University are expected to uphold the highest standards of research integrity in all their scholarly communications. This requires communicating honestly, accurately and as openly as possible.
Research integrity in publishing is best assured through early agreement about collaborators’ roles and responsibilities, having transparent criteria for apportioning authorship, and agreeing an explicit publication strategy with all involved. The University has a guide to developing a personal publication strategy (PDF, 490.8KB), to help authors maximise academic impact, support career development and aid the production of an optimal portfolio of research outputs for the next REF.
Bibliometrics are used in some disciplines to help quantify which journals have the highest impact in terms of citations, and can therefore inform authors where they might seek to publish. The University has a research metrics statement, which ensures metrics are used responsibly, particularly in terms of research assessment, recruitment and promotion.
Committed to open access
Sheffield Hallam University has an open access publication policy that aims to maximise the visibility of the University's research to a global audience.
Similarly, the University's data management policy reflects a commitment to the preservation, management and sharing of research data. This is a key component of good research practice and it contributes to a culture of research excellence. Research data that is acquired with public funding in particular should be made openly available, with as few restrictions applied as possible.
A data encryption policy promotes good practice in ensuring all confidential data, data about individuals and sensitive electronic data is stored and transmitted in a secure manner.