Writing & publishing

Policies of research funding organisations and publishers


Depending on the research funding organisation and project, requirements may vary. You can find an overview of the requirements of many international research funders on SHERPA/JULIET.

The research data policies of the major research funding organisations for Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) are briefly described below.

The DFG recommends that data created in DFG projects is made available to third parties as quickly as possible for a period of at least 10 years. The project-specific costs incurred by subsequent usage of the research data can be requested as part of the project (see guidelines for applications).

Projects participating in the ‘Open Research Data Pilot’ programme are required to submit a data management plan and are also expected to make their data open access (see Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020 and Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020). Furthermore, it is also required that context information on tools such as the software used or analysis protocols is stored in addition to the data.

Researchers who receive funding from the Wellcome Trust also need a data management plan and can request the costs incurred by the creation thereof as part of the project (see Policy on Data Management and Sharing).

For projects which receive annual funding of USD 500,000 or more, publication of research data is a mandatory requirement. The data must be published by a publishing company after receiving confirmation of publication of the interpretive results (papers, articles). More information can be found in the Data Sharing Policy.

Researchers are expected to share the primary data collected or created in the course of the project for at most incremental costs and within a reasonable time frame (see Data Management for NSF Engineering Directorate Proposals and Awards).

Some publishers have also established basic principles of data availability which require provision of the data and filing in specific repositories for some data. Please be sure to account for possible costs in project applications.

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