Information for Staff and Researchers
The Library is here to support all staff and researchers. Please see below for details of the support we offer, or contact us on library for further details.
For postgraduate researchers (PhD or MRes students), please see our library research support guide for tips and advice on how the Library can help with your research.
Each School has an Academic Librarian and a team of Subject Librarians. The Librarians can support you with your teaching and research, including training for students, reading lists, and in-depth subject enquiries. Subject-specific library guides are also available to help you find specialist resources in your research area.
Information skills and research support
We offer a wide range of information skills training for taught students, from basic induction to advanced information searching. We are happy to come into your classes for short "refresher" sessions with your students, or to arrange longer, timetabled sessions where needed.
Please email library to contact any of the librarians.
The Library offers training for staff through the Staff Development Unit. Courses include using EndNote, citations and bibliometrics.
For PhD students we run a programme of sessions called the Informed Researcher which is managed by the Graduate School. This covers topics including literature searching, Endnote, using social media, and referencing. You can view and book onto these courses via SkillsForge.
Please also see our advice on improving your research impact and citation rate.
Open access publishing makes information freely available to the end user in an online form. It normally has fewer licence and copyright restrictions than in some traditional forms of publishing. Please see our Open Access guide for more information about different types of open access, copyright licences, and what these mean for your research.
Publishing Gold Open Access often results in an Article Processing Charge (APC), which the publisher charges to ensure immediate, free and ongoing online access to the article.
Publishing Green Open Access is most often free of charge and involves uploading an Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM), usually with an embargo period, to a repository within three months of the acceptance date.
The University of Huddersfield Open Access Policy, requires all peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference papers published with an ISSN, to be uploaded to Pure. For information and guidance on Pure, please see the Research Support Pure intranet page. This policy comes into effect for applicable outputs published after 1st May 2015 and ensures we are compliant with the rules for REF2021.
Non-OA-compliant outputs risk being ineligible for submission or being categorised as unclassified by the REF2021 assessment panels. OA compliance is required for all applicable research outputs irrespective of inclusion in the REF2021 submission.
Journal articles and conference papers that are published as a result of UKRI funding (eg, EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC etc) should preferably be published as gold open access. There is a limited amount of funding available from Research and Enterprise to pay for UKRI-related APC charges. Before publishing contact oa for more information on the process and the licence conditions you need to assign during the publication process.
Articles not arising from UKRI grants may still be eligible for School-level funding to pay APC charges. Please contact the ADRE for your School for more information or alternatively please contact oa for the criteria for your School.
APC charges for Gold Open Access can range from hundreds to several thousand pounds. Therefore if funding is not available centrally or within your School, please contact openaccess to find out more about the latest publisher deals and discounts for APC charges.
Other types of output, e.g. books, are currently not required to be open access, but you may wish to investigate open access options during the publication process.
Can't find it?
If you need a book or journal article that you can't find in Summon or the library's databases, we can usually find a copy for you from another library. This is called Inter-Library Loans, please see this webpage for further information and to make a request.
The University of Huddersfield's has an online reading list management system, Leganto. To find out more about Leganto and how to edit your lists, see our Leganto training and support guide.
Library Resource Suggestions
The library welcomes suggestions of new books or other resources to purchase. We will consider these with reference to our collection development policy. You can read this policy on our Library Policies and Standards page.
If you would like to suggest a book for purchase please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to suggest a database or journal please fill in the resources request form. Please return it to us at library.
The University of Huddersfield Press
The University of Huddersfield Press is a successful publisher of books and journals. Their full range can be seen at the Press website. If you are looking for an outlet to publish your research, the Press welcomes ideas for new books and journals. Please contact them for more information.
Heritage Quay is the University's Archives and Special Collections service, which is available to all students, staff and researchers. Heritage Quay holds the University's own archive as well as collections relating to the themes: Art and Design, Sport, Education, Theatre and Performance, Literature, Politics, and Music.
The archives catalogue can be searched online. If you wish to view archive materials in person, please book an appointment. Our Archivists are happy to give advice on using archives in research and can provide support in finding relevant archives and collections. You can contact the team on archives.
Research Data Management
Further information on Research Data Management is available via the RDM intranet page and the RDM policy (PDF).