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Publishers, Funders and Institutions: Who is supporting UKRI funded researchers to share data?

Montague-Hellen, Beth; Montague-Hellen, Kate

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Beth Montague-Hellen

Kate Montague-Hellen


Researchers are increasingly being asked by funders, publishers and their institutions to share research data alongside written publications, and to included data availability statements to support their readers in finding this data. In the UK UKRI is one of the largest funding bodies and has had data sharing policies for several years. This article investigates the reasons why a researcher may or may not share their data, and assesses whether funders, publishers and institutions are supporting data sharing behaviour through their policies and actions.

A survey with 166 responses gave an indicative assessment of researcher opinions around data sharing, and a corpus of 3277 journal articles retrieved from 4 UK institutions was analysed using multivariate logistic regression models to provide empirical evidence as to researcher behaviour around data sharing. The regression models provide insight into how this is affected by the funder, institution and publisher of the research.

This study identifies that those publishers and funders who give clear guidance in their policies as to which data should be shared, and where this data should be shared, are most likely to encourage good practice in researchers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 14, 2023
Publication Date Feb 14, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 14, 2023
Journal Insights
Electronic ISSN 2048-7754
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Article Number 4
Keywords Library and Information Sciences
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