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Open Research Conversations

Open Research, the idea that both the research process and outputs should be made publicly available as soon as possible, is prompting lots of changes in how research is conducted and communicated.

This brings many opportunities as well as some challenges and so the Library is facilitating a series of conversations focusing on different aspects of open research.

These will include talks from researchers who have made their research open and other experts sharing their experiences, promoting best practices and discussing the challenges they are facing.

Open and Affordable Access and Publishing

9 March 2021 12noon - 1:00pm

The cost of publishing in and accessing scholarly publications has risen considerably in recent years, with prestige journals setting article processing charges as high as £8000. We will look at what can be done to ensure that publishing remains an option for all researchers, regardless of funding, and ask what will happen if we say ‘no’ to price increases and cancel journal subscriptions.


  • Prof Stephen Pinfield, Information School
  • Peter Barr, University Library
  • Prof Glenn Waller, Psychology

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Electronic Lab Notebooks

22 April 2021 12noon-1:00pm

Whilst lots of the research process has gone online, lab notebooks remain stubbornly analogue in many disciplines. Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) can enable data to be copied directly from instruments, facilitate searching and collaboration, but they also come with their own challenges of interoperability and preservation. This conversation will explore the practical uses of ELNs in the research process and beyond, and whether they can help researchers in a range of subjects to validate and share data and conclusions.


  • Prof Endre Kiss-Toth, Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alice Seleiro, Clinical Dentistry

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Sharing qualitative data ethically

18 May 2021 12noon-1:00pm

Sharing research data can bring many benefits, from increased trust in your results to re-use which reduces the burden on participants, but it presents particular challenges for qualitative data which tends to be more identifiable. This conversation will focus on both practical examples of sharing qualitative data and discussions of the ethical issues which need to be considered.


  • Dr Julia Bishop, School of Education
  • Dr Jennifer Burr, ScHARR & Deputy Chair of UREC
  • Dr Andrew Cox, Information School

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Publishing and Open Access

Publishing and open access

REF open access policy, funder requirements, gold & green open access…

Managing data and information

Research data management

Managing research data, university and funder policies…

Research students

Student Researcher

Copyright for eTheses, thesis embargoes, Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)…

Citation impact

Tracking citations and online mentions

Using bibliometrics and altmetrics to gauge how much attention research outputs have received...

Discovering information

Discovering research

Search for eTheses, requesting material from other libraries, information skills…

Help and support

Training and support

Contact us to find out about our training…