Practicing Open Research: Preprints and Open Peer Review (webinar)

Research publishing models are changing.

Authors are increasingly choosing to share preprints ahead of the sometimes-lengthy wait for journal publication and funders are responding with new preprint policies for immediate access to results. There are also new types of peer review available that offer different levels of confidentiality and transparency to authors, reviewers and readers.

In this course you will learn about traditional publishing methods as well as these innovative new models, including the benefits to authors and all the practical things you need to know to post a preprint and submit to an open, transparent or post-publication peer review journal.

  • Monday 14 February 2022 10:00-11:30, (MS Teams)

This course is aimed at doctoral students but all staff and students are welcome to register. Doctoral students can register through the Graduate School and all others viaemail.


Webinar: Alternative Ways to Measure Your Research Impact (online)

This one hour course debunks the myths of the Journal Impact Factor and the h-index as well as explores alternative approaches to research assessment used by research organisations including Imperial College London, other universities and major funders. Primarily aimed at Doctoral Students enrolled in the Graduate School and taught once a term, all staff and students are welcome to attend.

  • Wednesday 02 February 2022 10:00-11:00, MS Teams
  • Wednesday 01 June 2022 10:00-11:00, MS Teams

Please email to register to attend or for more information.


Research Data Management (for PhD students)

Data is a key research asset, underpinning almost all published research conclusions. This course will highlight the key considerations for students and researchers to help them assess when it is appropriate to share your data and how, and how to write a data management plan.

  • Thursday 03 March 2022 10:00-12:00, MS Teams
  • Monday 09 May 2022 10:00-12:00, MS Teams

Visit the graduate school webpages to book your place.


Research Data Management Plans (for PhD students)

This webinar will introduce you to the online data management planning tool DMPonline and cover some of the more practical elements of creating a data management plan.

  • Monday 14 March 2022 10:00-11:30, MS Teams
  • Monday 23 May 2022 10:00-11:30, MS Teams

Visit the graduate school webpages to book your place.


Introduction to strategies for research data management (for Undergraduates)

In this session we will cover the basics of organising and managing research data that will help you now and in the future. Whether you have created the data yourself or are reusing data from existing resources, making sure research data are well managed can help prevent data loss, ensure research transparency and reproducibility, and enable data sharing and reuse.

  • Tuesday 08 March 2022 12:00-13:00, MS Teams

Visit the Library Lunchtime workshops (Digital and information skills) webpage to book your place.


Open access - one to one support

Open access one to oneWe offer one to one consultations on open access related topics.

You can book a one to one if you need support with open access and the REF, paying for open access from your Wellcome or RCUK grant, using Symplectic, options for open access, making your research open access, or require any other advice about open access publishing.

Right: Kim Blake (L), Open Access Assistant, provides a one-to-one to Alexandra Williams (R), Centre Support Manager, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Past events

Open Access, Research Data Management and Symplectic training for PAs and Administrators

Tuesday 5 November 2019 at South Kensington
Wednesday 6 November 2019 at St Mary’s campus
Thursday 7 November 2019 at Hammersmith campus

Members of the OA and RDM teams gave a joint presentation and Q&A session for PAs and Administrators. Topics covered included an introduction to open access, applying for open access funding, depositing papers in Symplectic on acceptance, interpreting and changing existing records in Symplectic, and an introduction to Research Data Management.

We can offer similar sessions tailored to other groups, as well as more hands-on workshops. Please contact us to discuss your options or arrange a session.

Scholarly Communications pop-up at MSRH Common Room, White City

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Members of the Scholarly Communications Management team ran a stand in The Molecular Sciences Research Hub, at Imperial’s newest campus to answer questions about research data managementopen access, and bibliometrics. See Research that starts conversations for more information about bibliometrics.

SCM team stall

Graduate School workshop (Doctoral) Ensuring Integrity: Introduction to Making Your Thesis Open Access

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 14.00-15.30, South Kensington

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 14.00-15.30, South Kensington

Tutors: Philippa Hatch and John Murtagh (Library Services)

This workshop will provide a general introduction to open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study. It will include the use of third party copyright material in a thesis and the workflow attached to ensuring this is legally reproduced in any thesis being deposited online in Spiral. Students will be introduced to the College’s repository, the Sherpa open access information services, and open access workflows.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise ‘What is open access?’ and understand the theory and background behind it.
  • Identify what you need to know about making your thesis open access.
  • Utilise the College’s repository, the Sherpa open access information services and open access workflows.
  • Employ the correct approach to making work from your PhD thesis, and any research-related work outside the thesis, available on open access .
  • Evaluate your work to ensure it meets the legal reproduction requirements for use of third party copyright material.

Open Access and Research Data Management for Early Career Researchers

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Members of the OA and RDM teams gave a joint presentation and workshop to ECRs in the Centre for Environmental Policy. Topics covered included REF, Data Management Plans (DMPs), OA and citations, data archiving, and more. A 30-minute presentation was followed by a 30-minute extended Q&A.

To arrange a similar session for your department please contact us.

Termly workshops

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Once a term the Scholarly Communication team carry out a workshop on open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study.

NHLI workshops

Training workshops for the National Heart & Lung Institute as part of their ongoing commitment to postdoc training.

15 minute presentation + 1hr 45 mins questions/hands on practice (set up or deposit).

Presentation: What? Why? When? How? Open access publishing at Imperial‌

Thursday 25 January 2018

Postdocs, Fellows, PAs and PIs at Hammersmith campus

Thursday 16 November 2017

Postdocs, Fellows, PAs and PIs at Royal Brompton campus

NHLI workshop


"I found the meeting really helped me to understand what I need to do to ensure my work is accessible and will qualify for the REF. In particular it clarified the interconnection between ORCID and Symplectic, but that we need to upload manuscripts via Sympectic even though the publication details will feed through from ORCID. I hadn't realised that to be included in REF we need to upload the accepted version of a manuscript within 3 months and not wait for a publisher's proof version, even if that becomes available within the 3 month time period. I am now clear on the different roles of Symplectic and SPIRAL.”

Open Access for Business PhD students

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Introduction to Making your Thesis Open Access - Tuesday 7 November 2017
A general introduction to open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study.

Presentation: Open access for Buisness PhD students

Finish Up Move On + (FUMO+)

Finish Up & Move On (FUMO) is one of the Graduate School's flagship courses and provides Doctoral students with invaluable skills to prepare them for whatever their next steps might be. The Open Access Team attend on one of the days and provides information on open access but also requirements for REF2021 and funds available to doctoral students.