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We provide support for your research, from helping you to develop strategic research grant applications to using the university's institutional repository, RaY (Research at York St John).

Research funding

We also support you in developing strategic research grant applications, from the initial idea all the way to submission to the funder. Funding may be available from several sources and we can help you with practical application tips, articulating research ideas and budgeting. It is vital to meet with the Research Officer and the relevant School Research Lead when preparing a bid for funding.

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Open research

Open research (also called open science and open scholarship) encourages making the research cycle as open as possible by promoting sharing, collaboration and reuse at all stages of the research process, with open access and open data.

Open access (OA) is free and unrestricted access to research publications; anyone can read, download and reuse research (subject to any licence restrictions).

There are several types of OA but the two main variations are Green OA and Gold OA:

  • Green OA involves publishing in a traditional subscription journal, but research outputs are self-archived in a repository, such as RaY, and the output is made available after an embargo period set by the publisher.
  • Gold OA provides immediate, free access to research outputs at the point of publication with opportunities to reuse the research according to any licence applied to the work. Often, but not always, there is an article processing charge (APC) to be paid to the publisher.

York St John University supports the principle of OA and where possible will follow the ‘Green’ OA route. The policy applies to all staff and research students who produce research outputs. We ask staff to deposit all research outputs (including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, physical artefacts, exhibitions and performances) into the University Institutional Repository, RaY, with bibliographic metadata and post prints/author accepted manuscripts of research outputs, subject to publisher copyright permissions.

Open access policy

Open data is research data that is free to download, share, and reuse. During any research project, data is collected, observed and generated and there is growing encouragement from research funders to share research data once a research project concludes.

Sharing research data may:

  • Increase the impact of your research
  • Comply with funder requirements
  • Possibly lead to further research project and collaboration.
  • Ensure accountability and transparency of the research project.

When preparing to share data, researchers should try and make research data FAIR:

  • Findable – data and metadata should be easy to find
  • Accessible – data is accessible and should be clear to understand
  • Interoperable – data and metadata should be based on standardised vocabularies so that the data can be integrated into other workflows and systems
  • Reusable – data and metadata should be well-described so others can replicate or combine the data/metadata

York St John researchers can share their research data using the University’s open data repository RaYDaR.

Plan S is an OA publishing initiative from cOAlition S that launched in 2018.

By January 2021, Plan S requires research publications which receive research funding from cOAlition S funders to be published immediately and freely available in compliant OA journals and platforms.

Plan S is based on some fundamental principles:

  • No scholarly publication should be locked behind a paywall
  • OA should be immediate with no embargoes
  • Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Licence should be the default licence
  • Research funders should commit to support OA publication fees at a reasonable level
  • Research funders should not support publication in hybrid (or mirror/sister) journals unless they are part of a transformative arrangement with a clearly defined endpoint

Plan S is still developing, but for further details please see cOAlititon S.

REF 2021 and open access

UK higher education funding bodies believe that research outputs should be freely and widely available. To be eligible for submission for REF 2021, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts of research outputs must be deposited in an institutional or subject OA repository.

The REF 2021 OA policy only applies to journal articles or conference proceedings with an ISSN, which are accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

The REF 2021 OA policy does not apply to monographs, book chapters or other research outputs, but Library & Learning Services encourages researchers to deposit all research outputs into the University institutional repository, RaY, as institutions are encouraged to demonstrate how they have gone beyond the OA statement and created an encouraging research environment.

For further information, please see the REF 2021 Open Access Policy [PDF, 0.3 MB].

Publishing research

Research at York St John (RaY)

Find out about RaY, the university's institutional repository service.

Research at York St John Data Repository (RaYDaR)

Discover research from York St John University.

Your research identity

Find out how to add a unique identifier to your research using ORCID.

Research impact

Gauge the online conversations surrounding specific research with Altmetric, analyse and track research with Scopus, or cross-search a range of citations with Web of Science.

Research funding

Identifying a funder

Advice on finding funding opportunities for your research project.


Advice on preparing a budget for a research application.

Application process

Guidance on how to submit your funding application.

Managing funded research

Support in managing the funding for your research project, from contracting and recruitment to making expenditure and tracking your budget.

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