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Open Research

Diagram of the Research Data Lifecycle

Open Access is just part of a larger movement of Open Research that seeks to open up access to all research outputs throughout the research lifecycle. The University Statement on Open Research provides aspirational best practice advice to researchers in the following areas: 

Open Access 

The University has an Open Access Publications Policy that mandates the deposit of journal articles and conference proceedings in the institutional repository, WIRE, and encourages the deposit of all other types of research outputs where permitted. The Scholarly Communications team will assist researchers seeking permission from publishers, and aims to make all publications open access where possible. Researchers are encouraged to negotiate or seek out journals with shorter embargo periods to make work open access as soon as possible. Consideration should also be given to permissive licencing that enables re-use and sharing of open access publications. 

Open Data 

The institutional Research Data Management Policy advocates an open approach to research data wherever possible, whilst recognising that access will need to be balanced with constraints around security confidentiality and commercial interests. Researchers are encouraged to make data accessible using funder or discipline specific repositories or the institutional repository, using DOIs and data access statements to link datasets to published papers, except where restrictions apply. The policy provides an aspirational framework and set of principles, upon which the University intends to invest in an infrastructure to ensure the preservation and sharing of research data. 

Open Software/Code 

If relevant to research discipline and context, the University encourages researchers to share research software or code(s) under an open licence, making them freely accessible for collaboration and re-use. 

Open Research Processes 

Researchers are encouraged to cultivate open ways of working and collaborative ways of sharing their research by blogging, creating online editions and University of Wolverhampton hosted websites, releasing teaching materials, and making use of pre-print deposit. Providing opportunities for public engagement with research is also encouraged, and researchers should aim to present their work to the public, work with cultural venues and engage with young people where possible. 


Researchers are requested to register for an ORCiD identifier and use this on any personal or University of Wolverhampton web page, and throughout the research lifecycle including, when publishing or depositing research outputs and when applying for research grants. ORCiDs are increasingly used by publishing platforms, databases and funders to ensure that your research is attributed to you. 

The Research Data Management webpage includes more information on open research resources and training. 

Although OA weekends on 25 October, University of Wolverhampton is committed to open access all year around. If you have any queries about subjects raised during this week, please feel free to contact the Scholarly Communications Team via 


Image source Jisc websiteJisc research data lifecycle diagram, available under a CC BY-ND licence []

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