- The University of Liverpool is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)
- A member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), the University of Liverpool is committed to achieving research excellence and to embedding a culture of research integrity as part of its commitments under the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity
- The University of Liverpool is fully committed to the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. In recognition of the University’s commitment, it was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Badge
- The University of Liverpool[WM1] is a signatory of the Knowledge Exchange Concordat
- The University of Liverpool is signatory to the concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK
- The University of Liverpool observes a commitment to good research conduct as laid out in the UK Research and Innovation Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct
- The University of Liverpool is a signatory of the Manifesto for Public Engagement
- The University of Liverpool has an Open Research Team with colleagues supporting open research, open access, open data and repository goals.
- The Research and Impact Committee has overall responsibility for setting research-related policies.
Guidance and policies:
The open research pages at the University of Liverpool website offer staff and students guidance, information and advice on a variety of topics related to open research. These pages are available to people both inside and outside of the institution.
There is information available on the benefits of open research, funder policies, the research lifecycle and how it is impacted by open research, registered reports and the open science framework, open software and code, electronic lab books, preprints and open peer review. The University of Liverpool shares information on open education and responsible metrics.
The University of Liverpool has a range of guidance on open access including guidance on making work open access, details of publisher agreements and memberships, information on open access monographs and information on funding for open access publications and monographs. The University of Liverpool has recently launched a rights retention policy which is summarised alongside information about funder policies on open access and detailed on the research publications and copyright page.
The University of Liverpool has a research data management policy, guidance on research data management and a research data management catalogue where data can be shared under a creative commons license and other licenses. The research data management pages on the University of Liverpool website include information on FAIR data, advice on writing a data management plan, organising and archiving data, storing research data, planning and costing, data protection and reproducibility, README files, data sharing, data statements, and making data findable including the use of repositories, keywords, metadata, DOIs and ORCID iDs. The University of Liverpool also offers information on funder data policies, copyright, GDPR and intellectual property and storing physical data.
Open Research Action Plan
Tools and systems:
- DataCat: The Research Data Catalogue – secure online environment for University of Liverpool Researchers to deposit, share and promote data and information.
- University of Liverpool Repository – access the open access research from the University of Liverpool
- The University of Liverpool is a member of the DataCite consortium
The University of Liverpool Library delivers training through the Know How service[WM1] . While most of this training is directed for University of Liverpool staff or students only, there are some resources which are externally available through the Researcher Know How[WM2] pages.
The open research team offers bespoke training to staff and students at the University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool Leadership, Organisational, Professional & Academic Development Academy (The Academy) and PGR Development Network provide training for staff and post-graduate students within the University. The Academy also makes podcast material openly available.
Responsible Research Assessment / Recognition and Reward for open research
The University of Liverpool webpages offer guidance on responsible metrics including a description of article based metrics, journal based metrics, alt-metrics and metrics providers. The University of Liverpool had[WM1] a project on responsible metrics which was sponsored by the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for the Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, and led by staff in the Open Research Team; this project led to the creation of the Policy on the Responsible Use of Metrics. The University of Liverpool is a signatory of DORA and has a policy on the responsible use of metrics.
The University of Liverpool is undergoing a period of review under the Research in an Inclusive and Sustainable Environment (RISE) project. This project is considering the frameworks within which research contributions are recognised and rewarded and where changes can be made to the process to include a wider variety of contributions. The RISE project is overseen by the Research and Impact Strategy Committee (RISC) and delivered by an inter-faculty project group with representatives from across the University of Liverpool staff networks.
Research Ethics and Integrity
The University of Liverpool is a member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), and a signatory of the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The University of Liverpool outlines the steps taken to[WM1] meet the principles of the Concordat for Research Integrity on an annual basis. The University has a Research Integrity and Governance Committee and a Committee on Research Ethics, as well as three relevant policies: a policy on misconduct in research, a policy on
The University of Liverpool annually collaborates with Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill University to deliver Open Research Week, an event which celebrated its 5th year in 2023 and is available to those inside and outside of the University.