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Open Research Skills Framework: a Practical Guide

Benefits of Open Research

This Practical Guide provides helpful support and links to recommended external resources for a range of open research practices.

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There are benefits for the researcher and their work, the research community and wider society...

The researcher and their work

  • Faster dissemination of research ideas and new opportunities to share different types of research outputs 
  • More citations and greater diversity of citation sources, ensuring a wider usage of research 
  • Demonstrating the full range of contributions you have made (evidence for narrative CVs/R4RI)

Allen and Mehler (2019)McKiernan et al (2016)Huang et al (2022)

Case study

Aspectus is an open access journal for visual culture, run by doctoral students in the History of Art Department with a commitment to the principles of equality through access:

Aspectus has been exceptionally well-received by the wider art history research community, with the ejournal site receiving over 10,000 views since the first issue was released. The editorial board members are proud to work with an academic journal that enables scholars to share their findings within a larger research network without being subject to article processing charges or other fees now often associated with publication, an unattainable model for the vast majority of early career researchers.

Learn about Aspectus in this presentation from the Open Research at York: Two Years On event in July 2022

The research community

  • Better quality and increased reputability of research through open and reproducible practice
  • Greater diversity and democratisation of research
  • More opportunities for reuse of research data and materials; less research waste

Staunton et al (2021)

Case study

Researchers in Psychology published a Registered Report of their study Dissociating memory accessibility and precision in forgetting, helping to improve the transparency and reproducibility of their research:

Reviewers give feedback on the experimental design, and you receive an “in principle acceptance” from the journal, where they agree to publish the results if you conduct the experiment as you said you would. Critically, this acceptance is regardless of the eventual results, so is designed to decrease journal-level bias where “positive” results are more likely to be published than null results.

Read the full case study from Dr Aidan Horner (Psychology)

Wider society

  • Opportunities for public engagement and active participation in research
  • A more equitable and inclusive global environment for research and knowledge dissemination
  • Research produced through public funding can belong to and exist for the benefit of all 

Eppinger (2021)

Case study

The Covid Realities project was a collaborative, participatory rapid-response research programme focused on the ways in which the pandemic would impact families living on a low income:

This programme has prioritised participatory approaches, creating chains of dissemination that enable parents living on a low income to share their experiences and recommendations for change through high profile media appearances, meetings with parliamentarians, and other outputs.

Read the full case study from Dr Ruth Patrick, Dr Maddy Power and Dr Geoff Page (School for Business and Society)

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