This section will make researchers aware of the various processes associated with managing a research project. Researchers should be managing their projects effectively from the initial stages of defining the project through to the project completion and beyond.
The following should be considered:
There are so many aspects of good practice that it would be very difficult to draw up a complete list. However, a few basic rules are;
Training on academic writing is available on the Researcher Development programme of events.
You need to consider how best to use the data produced by yourself, and other University members, in order to:
Good data storage, which includes information on the data collection process, is essential to support future research. Having proper systems in place will allow you to:
For this you require the agreement of all the researchers/authors/ contributors involved and their acknowledgement.
Once you have completed the research, completed datasets can be deposited in the University's Data Repository.
For more information on the University's data management policy, see here.
Research results should be published in an appropriate form, usually as papers in refereed journals or monographs/books. You should take Open Access into account when thinking about publications. Publications can be deposited to STORRE (Stirling Online Research Repository) by entering the publication information to our Research Management System. Find out more about publishing your research here.
Authorship of articles and other original works is a primary basis on which you will be evaluated at all stages of your career.
In academic publishing, authorship of a work is claimed by those making an intellectual contribution to the research described in the work. It can mean more than just writing the article. Collaboration is very common, and authorship issues can be complex & controversial.
Anyone listed as an author should accept responsibility for ensuring that he/she is familiar with the contents of the work and can identify his/her contribution to it.
Academic colleagues may act as reviewers for your work, such as grant applications and manuscripts for publication. They may also publish reviews of your work in journals.
Peer reviewers are asked to comment critically, adhering to the highest professional standards and avoiding any conflict of interest.
Should you be asked to provide peer review, we would encourage you to do so. It will provide you with valuable insights and raises Stirling's profile.
Acknowledging collaborators and other participants
Contributions made by collaborators, and anyone else who helps or supports your research, must be fully acknowledged.
Research involving animals, vulnerable adults and children
It is important that researchers act responsibly manner when involved in research with animals or vulnerable participants. This includes the communication of that research.
For more guidance please see the pages on Integrity, Governance and Ethics.
Handling the media
If you are communicating research outputs to the public or to the media, we advise you to contact the Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement Office for advice, in the first instance. Further media advice available here. Training on media and communication is also available Training on the Researcher Development programme of events.
The University expects all staff and students conducting research outside the University’s premises to act with the highest professional standards. This applies to;
Staff and students must comply with the host organisation’s requirements for ethics, governance and good practice as well as local legislation which may affect research activities. Such matters (including health & safety) should be addressed and resolved at the contract negotiation stage (i.e. before the research starts).
When researchers and research students undertake fieldwork, in particular abroad, the same principles apply. The highest standards of heath and safety must be applied and risk assessments should be carried out. Academic schools that are involved in such activities have safety handbooks available and regulations/guidelines provided must be followed.
You are advised to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advice on the destination. If you are carrying out research activities outdoors, or abroad, do not put yourself in any unnecessary danger. You need to make sure that you’re familiar with;
The University recognises and supports the training needs of researchers at the beginning of their research careers. We also promote career development for established researchers.
Researchers are recommended to undertake appropriate training at a Faculty/Institutional level e.g. in:
Induction days are arranged for both Research staff and Research Postgraduates. If you are a member of staff, see our Researcher Development Pages for more information. If you are a Postgraduate student, contact the Graduate School.
It is essential that the project finances are managed appropriately. The funder will expect Principal Investigators of the project to be actively monitoring the expenditure of the research project to ensure the budget is spent according to the terms and conditions of the award. You can monitor the budget by accessing the finance management system - Agresso Web via My Portal. If you have any queries in relation to your project budget, please contact the relevant Accountancy Assistant.
Need help? Your contact in the Research Policy Team can advise you on any of the above.
Stirling Researcher Resources
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