Open access means that anyone with an internet connection can access the output of research – be it a journal article, algorithm or methodology, as well as reports, case studies and blog posts – without the need to pay for access via a subscription or other mechanism.
Health Data Research UK’s guiding beliefs on open access
- Transparency is a Health Data Research UK value.
- Health Data Research UK receives funding from various sources, including government and charitable organisations. It therefore acts for the public good and must deliver value for money to the taxpayer and/or charitable donor.
- By being open we can share more and learn quicker from each other’s successes and failures.
- The public voice is at the heart of all we do – non-researchers must be able to access the outputs of Health Data Research UK research.
Open access of Health Data Research UK attributed research outputs
These principles apply to Health Data Research UK Members, as defined in the Health Data Research UK Attribution Policy.
Noting the above, Health Data Research UK:
- Expects authors to maximise the opportunities to make their results available for free.
- Expects outputs of work supported by Health Data Research UK to select publishing routes that ensure the work is available immediately on publication in its final published form, where possible.
- Will allow those in receipt of Health Data Research UK funds to use their funding to pay an open access fee (e.g. article processing charges, where appropriate, to meet these principles). Noting the use of HDR UK funds for publishing in a ‘hybrid’ journal that is not part of a transitional agreement* (TA) will not be permitted.
- Expects outputs published in a peer-reviewed journal, and supported in whole or in part by Health Data Research UK funding, to be immediate open access; outputs should be made available through Europe PMC at the time of publication.
- Encourages – and where it pays an open access fee and/or the work is supported in whole or in part by Health Data Research UK funding requires – authors and publishers to licence research papers using the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) so they may be freely copied and re-used (for example, for text and data-mining purposes or creating a translation), provided that such uses are fully attributed. An Open Government Licence is also permitted when authors are subject to Crown Copyright.
- Expects outputs published in peer-reviewed journal articles to include a Data Access Statement, even where there are no data associated with the article or the data are inaccessible. Use of the Innovation Gateway should be attributed in such statements as follows :
- ‘Data discovery and access was facilitated by the Health Data Research UK Innovation Gateway- https://www.healthdatagateway.org/ YEAR.’’This statement is in addition to, and does not replace, any other acknowledgements required by the data custodian.
- Expects data outputs, such as algorithms/software, to be uploaded to the Health Data Research UK GitHub Organisation repository (https://github.com/HDRUK) and made available to an open permissive licence (such as Apache Licence 2.0, MIT, MPL or BSD).
*TAs, also referred to as “read and publish” agreements, are contracts negotiated between institutions and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly publishing towards a fully open access model. They align with the OA objectives of the UK’s major research funders, including UKRI and are further desribed by JISC. You can find title lists for all Jisc TAs on the Knowledge Base+ public export page. Use the search function to find a specific TA package.
Open access of Health Data Research UK Company Documents such as Reports, Blogs and Case Studies
These principles apply to Health Data Research UK Members – which includes HDR UK Central staff – as defined in the Health Data Research UK Attribution Policy.
Noting the above, Health Data Research UK:
- Wants our community to openly use, share and attribute Health Data Research UK’s outputs for the benefit of all. Therefore from the 1st May 2020 our publicly-accessible company documents are under Creative Commons Licence CC-BY.
- This licence allows anyone to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
- Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Please read the full terms of the Creative Commons licence here.