The University of Southampton has an Open Access policy which was first published in 2003. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/~assets/doc/calendar/Open%20Access%20Policy.pdf
The University also operates institutional policies on, Research Data, Responsible Research Metrics and Authorship, Contribution and Publishing.
Signatory to concordats and other national and international declarations:
- Concordat on Open Research Data
- UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity
- The Hong Kong Principles
- World Health Organisation & Wellcome Trust statement on sharing research
- Technicians Commitment
At the University of Southampton, open research training is managed and delivered by the Library, the Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP), the Doctoral College, and Research and Innovation Services. We offer a mixture of online and in-person training opportunities and resources, some of which is openly available. Training is advertised through internal sites, CHEP Researcher Development Hub, PGR Development Hub, Research and Innovation Services, and the Library’s website.
- Training resources which are openly available:
- Research data management – https://library.soton.ac.uk/researchdata
- Open access – https://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess
- Research assessment – https://library.soton.ac.uk/bibliometrics
- Training for researchers – https://library.soton.ac.uk/research/training
Training is also made available across the University on the themes of:
- Getting published
- Open Access
- Research Data management
- Data management plans
- Copyright & licensing
- Research Integrity
We also deliver a research skills framework which is mapped to the curriculum.
Responsible Research Assessment / Recognition and Reward for open research
The University of Southampton developed its own Responsible Research Metrics policy in consultation with our community and it is aligned to both DORA and the Leiden Manifesto. Additionally, individuals and the University have signed DORA. The policy and DORA were implemented with oversight from the Research Enterprise Executive Group (REEG) and with support from the Library and Research and Innovation Services.
The policy https://www.southampton.ac.uk/~assets/doc/calendar/Responsible%20Research%20Metrics%20Policy.pdf
The Library hosts guidance, tools, and runs a service to support responsible and appropriate research assessment.
Guidance and key principles:
- Critical review of application examples: https://library.soton.ac.uk/ld.php?content_id=34174651
- Responsible Metrics Matrix tool: https://library.soton.ac.uk/ld.php?content_id=34146560
Research Ethics and Integrity
The University of Southampton Research Integrity Governance Committee (RIGC) has oversight of Research Integrity. The RIGC has oversight of institutional policies in support of research integrity and open research. The committee is chaired by the Vice President Research & Enterprise and reports to the University Executive Board.
UKRN member Professor Simon Hettrick, Professorial Fellow Enterprise, is the co-Chair of the Software Sustainability Institute and the Hidden REF: https://hidden-ref.org/
A campaign to increase the diversity of research outputs recognised by academia and raise awareness of the hidden roles that make research possible.