Research may be defined as "a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared (HEFCE 2011)."
A research output is an item that you produce as the final outcome of that process, in order to share your findings with an appropriate audience.
For example, it could be chapter in a book, an article in a journal, a paper at a conference, or your work exhibited at a gallery.
UCA Research Online is intended as a permanent online library of these research outputs.
It is not intended as a record of all research activities that are associated with or lead to an output, or promotional activities, media publicity received, or teaching materials. These are still important and can be recorded in other places instead, such as the UCA research newsletter, personal websites, UCA press releases, social media, or your profile page on the UCA website.
An article written by someone else that is about your work
A journal article written by you about your own work
An article in a non-professional magazine
An article in a professional magazine or scholarly journal
A talk at a book launch or publicity event
An academic lecture conveying original research contained in a new book
Organising a conference, lecture series etc
A paper at an academic conference
An artist's residency
The exhibition that takes place as an outcome of an artist's residency
A review (of someone else's exhibition, book etc)
A review (of someone else's exhibition, book etc) that contains significant original research
Provisional outputs that are still at the planning stage
(such as a book proposal, outputs promised in a grant application, or an exhibition several years in the future)
(such as books that are in press, or exhibitions that are firmly scheduled or in production)
Course teaching materials
A publication on pedagogical research, or textbooks authored by you
Most major publishers are happy for you to do this, under certain conditions.
These conditions commonly include an embargo period for newly published work, and a requirement to only deposit a specific version of the text. The version allowed is usually the author's accepted manuscript.
We can help you to check and understand the policies of individual publishers and publications. For help, please contact: email@example.com
This is a period during which access to academic journal articles is not allowed to users who have not paid for access, or have access through their institution. The purpose of this is to protect the revenue of the publisher.
However, you can still deposit your article on UCA Research Online straight away. There is an option to set an embargo end date, so that the full text article is closed from view and isn't made public until the embargo period has ended.
The policy only applies to journal articles and conference papers with an ISSN.
It is vital that these types of outputs are deposited within a certain timeframe (see question 9).
The policy also states that credit will be given to institutions that can demonstrate that they have taken steps towards enabling open access to a wider range of outputs than those specified by the policy. Although the details of this are not yet known, this could potentially include monographs and creative arts outputs.
It is therefore important that UCA seeks to provide open access to the full range of its research outputs.
If you need help, or for any reason you feel that you can’t comply with the HEFCE Open Access policy, please contact us for advice at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN, it is vital that you deposit with UCA Research Online within a certain timeframe, if you would like them to be considered for the next REF.
For the next REF, you would need to deposit your accepted manuscript within 3 months of its acceptance for publication. It is also important that your journal articles do not have an embargo period that exceeds 24 months. These are new requirements that start on 1 April 2016 as part of the new HEFCE Open Access Policy: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/oa/Policy/
For other types of research outputs, there are no specific timescales for deposit.
It is important not to view quantity as more important as quality, as outputs can vary in the time and effort required. For example, a single output could be a major authored book or it could be a small selection of your work in a group exhibition.
Some staff are also more active in updating their outputs on UCA Research Online.
If you feel that your outputs are not fully listed or represented in a way that you would like on UCA Research Online, please contact us at: email@example.com
The University is currently considering the best way of monitoring the impact of research outputs for the next REF, such as the number of visits to an exhibition, or articles and reviews of your work.
If you would like to keep a record of this in the meantime to ensure you have it somewhere safe, you can add brief notes to the 'additional information' field that is associated with the relevant output on UCA Research Online. Or you could add a hyperlink to relevant information on a website. Supplementary documents could also be uploaded to accompany a research output on UCA Research Online.
*Please note that this FAQ guidance is pending ratification from Research & Enterprise Committee (expected May 2016).