This is a practical guide offering an introduction to 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 Covid-19, and this guide includes information on how different open methodologies have helped to disseminate valuable research related to the pandemic.
Wellcome Trust released a statement at the start of the pandemic, signed by many publishers and organisations around the world, which called for Covid-related research to be shared widely and rapidly. SPARC Europe have also put together an extensive set of resources to showcase open research initiatives and discussions in the current crisis.
"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
Our York Open Research Community of Practice brings together researchers, support staff and advocates from across the University to discuss open research and provide support in different practices.
Our wiki space contains information about the York Open Research Advocates network, as well as case studies, events, and related groups across the University.
We have created a York Open Research Slack channel where staff and postgraduate students can share expertise and ask questions.
You can follow York Open Research on Twitter (@UoYOpenRes) for the latest discussions, updates and recommended resources for open research practice across all disciplines.
Central support is also provided by the Open Research team, who provide guidance and training on different aspects of open research practice (see below).
The Open Research team offer training to postgraduate researchers and staff through the Research Excellence Training (RET) programme.
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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: