Institutional lead: Professor Candy Rowe, Dean of Research Culture and Strategy
Local Network Lead: Dr Helen Gray, Research Associate
Open Research Training and Development Officer: Dr Steven Boneham
The Newcastle University Institutional Position Statement on Open Research sets out expectations of researchers and how they will be supported.
Newcastle University is a signatory of the following concordats and declarations of relevance to open research:
- San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/researchgovernance/research-metrics/)
- The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/researchgovernance/research integrity/)
- Declaration on Openness on Animal Research (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/researchgovernance/animal/declaration/) – recognised as a leader in openness
- Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/support/resskills/#researchers)
- Research Data Management Policy and Code of Good Practice
- Open Access to Research Outputs
- Research Publications and Copyright Policy
Open Research is also included in the University Research Culture Action Plan
Guidance for Researchers:
Tools and systems:
The training resources supporting these activities are currently available only to university staff and students, but we are seeking to change this through our participation in the UKRN Open Research Programme.
Responsible Research Assessment / Recognition and Reward for open research
Newcastle University is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and our commitment to these principles is set out in our policy statement on Responsible use of Research Metrics. Practical support for implementation of these recommendations is guided through a Responsible Research Metrics Special Interest Group.
Our Open Research Awards recognise staff and students using and supporting open practices to make research more accessible, transparent and reproducible, and who demonstrate an understanding of the aims of open research.
Research Ethics and Integrity
Newcastle University is committed to rigorous high standards in our research activities and ensuring that ethical, legal and professional obligations are met. Expectations for all staff and students are set out in the University’s Code of Good Research Practice. As a signatory of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, the University publishes an annual statement outlining the activities to support good research practice. This is available to view on the view on the University’s Research Integrity webpage, alongside further information on training, tools and resources such as an introductory e-learning programme on Research Integrity which is freely available to all colleagues and students.
University Research and Innovation Committee has oversight of all matters relating to research integrity and is Chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation also oversees the University’s Policy and Procedure for Investigating Allegations of Research Misconduct, with the support of the Research Integrity and Governance Manager. The Pro-Vice Chancellor also Chairs the University Research Ethics Committee, which has oversight of the University’s ethical review process.