Information for researchers

Library spaces

Since the closure of our physical library sites in March, the University’s digital library has been open as usual.  As we continue to further develop our digital offer, we also understand that the Library’s physical resources and spaces are important to you. For the latest information, please visit our Autumn term update.

Publishing and Open Access

Research outputs can continue to be deposited in White Rose Research Online via MyPublications. UKRI or COAF funded researchers may be able to apply for funding to make publications open access. Sheffield researchers can also benefit from agreements with some publishers which offer free or reduced open access publishing. Our team is available to answer questions via

Research Data Management

Researchers can continue to deposit their data into ORDA and instructions on doing this can be found on our website. Our team is available to answer questions via We can also review your data management plans in DMPonline.

Accessing our collections

Discover what is available in the University Library’s digital content by searching StarPlus, our discovery tool.
Find out how to get the most out of StarPlus by watching this screencast.

Copyright and Research

We have guidance available on using third party materials, author rights and other aspects of copyright relating to research. Contact the University’s copyright and licensing team at if you need further advice.

Support and Training

We are in the process of making more training available online and our teams are available to answer specific enquiries:

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 Research with the Wellcome Trust

20 October 2020 12noon - 1:00pm

The Wellcome Trust is launching a new Open Access policy beginning on 1st January 2021 with new requirements for researchers and institutions. Join us for a discussion of the new policy and the Wellcome Trust’s ongoing promotion of Open Research more generally. We will have brief talks followed by a panel discussion including:

  • Hannah Hope, Open Research Coordinator, The Wellcome Trust
  • Anna Clements, Interim Director Library Services and University Librarian
  • Robert Smith, Wellcome-funded ECR in School of Health and Related Research

Register here

Visualising CoVid-19 Data

18 November 2020 12noon - 1:00pm

Amid conversations about ‘flattening the curve’ and the attention given to the coronavirus dashboard from John Hopkins University, data visualisations have been prominent during the current pandemic. We will be considering the practicalities of visualising CoVid-related data and the implications of the visualisations on policy and the wider public with talks and discussion from:

  • James Wilsdon, Digital Science Professor of Research Policy, Information School
  • Colin Angus, Research Assistant, School of Health and Related Research

Register here

Unpacking Open Monographs

10 December 2020 12noon - 1:00pm

Whilst Open Access to research articles is now well-established, the move to make monographs publicly available is taking longer. Monographs come with different challenges relating to image rights and the costs of publishing longform research, but an increasing number of monographs are being made openly available. Open monographs are included in the Plan S principles, backed by many funders, and are a major part of the current UKRI Open Access review.

This conversation will include talks from both researcher and publisher perspectives and plenty of time for discussion and questions. Speakers will include:

  • John Moreland, Department of Archaeology
  • Kate Petherbridge, White Rose University Press

Register here

Reproducibility in practice

18 January 2021 12noon - 1:00pm

Reproducibility, recreating the results others have found in their research, presents many challenges for researchers, with several studies suggesting that much published cannot be reproduced.
The University of Sheffield has an active reproducibility network, is a member of the UK Reproducibility Network and has created a new post of Research Practice Lead.

This event will include presentations and discussions on reproducibility and the practical lessons learnt from running ReproHacks. Speakers will include:

  • Tom Stafford, Department of Psychology and the University’s Research Practice Lead
  • Anna Krystalli, Research Software Engineer

Register here

Publishing and Open Access

Publishing and open access

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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

Open research training

Contact Research Services, DDP and open access workshops…