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Pat Liebetrau - Library Research Support Manager

Pat leads a small team providing research support for all aspects of open access publishing and research data management across Exeter campuses. Advice for research data management, including data management plans, licensing of open data and long term curation requirements are provided. The team processes queries and requests for Article Processing (APC) charges, assisting with guidance on all aspects of self-archiving publications in the repository, ORE, and working with the Doctoral College on deposit of theses. Support and training is provided to researchers navigating the complexities of Government and Funder open access publishing policies and where required signposting to additional sources of support.

Pat has been in her current role since the beginning of 2017. Prior to that she was providing consulting services, training and project management for digital information development in South Africa and beyond into Africa. Her skills and interests lie in data and digital information management in academic and commercial environments, open access publishing, curation and long-term preservation of data. Her area of specialisation is metadata and she was the first metadata librarian in South Africa. Patricia has presented papers on metadata, digital projects and media development at numerous national and international Conferences.

Tel: 01392 724041


Caroline Huxtable - Open Access Repository Officer

Caroline has worked in a number of roles at the University library since 2000, and has been involved in open access to varying degrees since 2007.

She is the open access repository officer, supporting use of the institutional repository (ORE) to provide open access to publications, and overseeing repository content. She facilitates compliance with research funders’ open access requirements, with particular focus on researchers’ self-archiving to ORE of research outputs.

She offers advice, guidance and training to researchers on all aspects of open access, including funder and other open access policies, and the use of Symplectic as it interacts with the repositor

Tel: 01392 723862


Imogen Ward-Smith – Open Access Publications Officer

Imogen administers three central open access funds: the UK Research Councils open access block grant, the Charity Open Access Fund and the Institutional APC Fund. Her role involves supporting researchers to access funding to pay for open access and other publication charges and in complying with funders’ and University open access policies. Imogen additionally supports researchers in their use of the institutional repository to provide open access to research publications. The Open Research team provide training, support and guidance on all aspects of open access and research data management.

Imogen has a degree in Biological Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. She has been working at the University of Exeter Library since 2011 in a variety of different roles and within open access for the last four years.

Tel: 01392 723874