Archiving of research documents
Research is one of the University’s core activities. Documents generated by research are part of the University’s public records. It is therefore important for legal, administrative and scientific reasons that the documentation of our research is properly archived.
Who owns research material?
Research conducted at a university is a public authority activity, and the documents produced during research, therefore, belong to the university. This applies even if you, as a researcher, receive external funding. As a researcher, you may not take your research documents with you from the University when you change jobs or retire, for instance. You do, however, own the intellectual property rights to your results and conclusions. You are free to bring these with you, but not the original documents (applies to electronic documents as well as printed documents).
Who is responsible for managing research material?
As with records management in general, the formal responsibility lies with the head of department or equivalent manager. In practice, however, it is often researchers who handle much of their own research material. This creates a risk, therefore, that documents will not be managed in accordance with the department’s general records management practices. An ongoing dialogue between managers, administrators and researchers is important to establish procedures for the management of research documents.
As a researcher, you will generally always be the one who best understands your material, and therefore it is also important that you describe, sort, label and name your documents in a way that is understandable even to an outsider. For electronic documents, it is important always to include metadata.
Preservation and destruction of research documents
As with other public documents at Lund University, the preservation and destruction of research documents is regulated by the Records Management Plan.
In addition to the Records Management Plan, there are also specific plans for the destruction and preservation of research documents. These disposal and preservation plans are locally applied decisions on how to implement the Swedish National Archives’ regulations.
There is an overall plan for all research documents at Lund University. In addition to this, there are specific plans for the destruction and preservation of documents for the Faculties of Humanities and Theology, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. You must follow the plan that applies to your faculty. If your faculty does not have its own plan, you should follow the overall University plan for the destruction and preservation of documents.
- Download the Lund University regulations regarding the destruction and preservation of research material (PDF 223 kB, new tab).
- Download the regulations for the destruction and preservation of research material within the Faculties of Humanities and Theology (PDF 223 kB, new tab).
- Download the regulations for the destruction and preservation of research material within the Faculty of Medicine (PDF 361 kB, new tab).
- Download the regulations for the destruction and preservation of research material within the Faculty of Social Sciences (PDF 315 kB, new tab).
Keep in mind that research funding bodies may have stricter requirements for the preservation of research data in individual projects than those stated in the Records Management Plan or in the University’s disposal regulations.
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