This is a practical guide offering support and information on open research methods which can be applied at different stages of your work. This guidance is intended for researchers of all levels, and across all academic disciplines.
The University's Open Research Statement outlines the core idea behind open research: "all aspects of the research cycle should be shared and accessible where possible. Research should be as open as possible, as closed as necessary."
Openly accessible publications and data are more frequently read, re-used and cited than those behind a paywall. Crucially, they are more accessible to a broader audience of readers who do not have access to academic libraries and subscription content. Open research also provides new opportunities for collaboration on a global scale and promotes the reliability and validity of your research by allowing others to reproduce or replicate the work.
Open research practice has taken a key role during the Covid-19 pandemic. This guide includes information on how different open methodologies are helping to disseminate valuable research related to the virus.
SPARC Europe have also put together an extensive set of resources to showcase open research initiatives and discussions in the current crisis.
A variety of definitions and perspectives from across the scholarly communications industry
"Researchers around the world, in all disciplines, store, share and reuse their outputs with the wider community, so everyone can access knowledge and insights much sooner, helping to advance their work and support reproducibility" - Wellcome Trust (2017).
Throughout this guide there are external links to additional reading and guidance on specific aspects of open research practice. These are some general sources of information and support which may also be of interest: