Good practices in publication and authorship
Publishing (and getting credit for) your work is of key importance for all researchers, and as such is also an area that often presents challenges, and can result in disagreements. We provide advice and guidance on good practices in the various aspects of publication, from deciding who should be given the status of author on a paper, to managing the challenges that can arise when editing an academic journal. They aim to help you ensure that you are aware of your own obligations, and to avoid the pitfalls that can arise when publishing your work.
Open Access publishing
Open Access publishing is when your research outputs are made freely available online, with as few restrictions as possible on how they can be reused, as long as you are properly acknowledged and cited.
All research outputs can be freely deposited in our Open Access repository (White Rose Research Online - WRRO) via myPublications. In addition:
- REF2021 requirements: to be eligible for the next REF, all journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be deposited in a compliant open access repository within 3 months of first online publication. You can easily comply with this policy by uploading your Author Accepted Manuscript into WRRO using myPublications.
- Funder requirements: many funders require that the research outputs that arise from their funded research are made open access, this includes the UK Research Council, Horizon2020, Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, or Parkinson’s UK amongst others.
If you need further advice please contact the Library Research Services Team at OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.
myPublications is the University's research information management system. It is somewhere for you to record the details of your research publications. However, it also:
- enables you to deposit outputs in our Open Access repository (WRRO)
- view up-to-date metrics and altmetrics for your outputs
- automatically keep your staff profile page updated with new outputs
- export data for use in CVs, grant applications or for other services such as Mendeley or ResearchGate
- link outputs to the grants that funded them for use in ResearchFish.
The myPublications support site provides help and guidance will all aspects of using the system.
Citations and altmetrics
Metrics are quantitative measures designed to help evaluate research outputs, and there are many different types available.
- Citation metrics (often called bibliometrics): citations in academic journals are an indication of the interest in, and importance of, particular research papers within the scholarly community. A citation is the act of one author referencing the work of another - and is usually an indication that a paper has influenced subsequent research in some way.
- Alternative or complementary metrics (often called altmetrics) are another way to assess the attention received by research outputs. They focus on online activity to reveal how research is being shared and discussed both within the academic community and beyond.
We have produced a Metrics Portal jointly with the Library to help researchers understand and track the attention that their research outputs have received.