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Open Research Skills Framework: a Practical Guide

Open Research Community

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

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Our York Open Research community of practice brings together researchers, PGRs and professional services staff to discuss and support open research in different areas.

York Open Research Advocates

Our network of Open Research Advocates was launched in January 2021 to help promote and support open research practice locally within schools and departments. The network currently has around 30 members, representing all three academic faculties and a wide range of career stages and roles.

Advocates have been involved in delivering events and training, and developing initiatives such as the York Open Research Awards.

Find an Advocate in your field, or take a look at the Become an Advocate page on the York Open Research wiki for details on how to join the network.

#york-open-research on Slack

If you have access to Slack then you can join the #york-open-research channel to share expertise or ask questions.

Departmental training, support and discussion groups

There are also a growing number of practitioner-led groups and initiatives across the University with an interest in supporting and advocating for open research practice. If you are aware of, or involved in, any groups not listed below then please get in touch via our feedback form.

Arts & Humanities

ADS logoThe Archaeology Data Service (ADS), is a non-profit organisation hosted by the University of York. A world-leading digital repository for heritage data, ADS is an open access accredited digital archive for archaeological research outputs. The Archaeology department also hosts Internet Archaeology - an open access, independent journal which has been awarded the Directory of Open Access Journals Seal.

Aspectus logoAspectus 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.

The journal editorial board received a York Open Research Award in 2022.

York Papers in Linguistics logoYork Papers in Linguistics is a long-running open access journal run by postgraduates in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, aimed at highlighting research in the area of linguistics at York. 

York Music Psychology Group logoMusic Cognition Matters is a talk series and podcast from the York Music Psychology Group which aims to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative Music Cognition research, and to disseminate research in more open, accessible and inclusive ways.


York Psychology department logoThe Department of Psychology Open Science Interest Group promotes and monitors the use of open science practices in their department and offers support for those who wish to engage in open science by organising workshops, sharing educational resources, and organising peer support.

The introductory workshop, Open Science: The What, Why and How, received a York Open Research Award in 2022.

ReproducibiliTea logo

ReproducibiliTea York is an informal ECR-led forum to discuss issues of open science and consider the reproducibility of research practices. They meet fortnightly in the Department of Psychology and welcome researchers from across disciplines.

The group received a York Open Research Award in 2021.

Research Coding Club GitHub avatar

Research Coding Club is an informal discussion group for anyone at York who works with research software. They maintain a Slack channel and mailing list, and run code clinics and seminars (see Google Calendar for dates).

Social Sciences

EROS owl logoEducation Research for Open Science (EROS) is an Open Science working group within the Department of Education who believe that the evidence based benefits of open science practices can apply to all paradigms/approaches, though at different levels and in different ways.

OASIS logoThe OASIS database makes research on language learning, use and education available and accessible to a wide audience through one-page summaries of published research articles. 

IRIS logoIRIS is a free, searchable, up- and downloadable collection of datasets and instruments, materials, and stimuli that are used to elicit data for research into first, second, and foreign languages. It also hosts postprints of publications in the language sciences.

York Law Review logoThe York Law Review is a student-run open access journal for legal scholarship, written by undergraduates and postgraduates within the York Law School.

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