Open research learning exchange: Opening up Research

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A half day event to discuss library support for open research. Of interest to all librarians involved in supporting research and researchers

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Open research is an emerging agenda that picks up on the well-established agendas of open access to publications and research data management but broadens its scope to openness and transparency throughout the process of research.

Some universities have now adopted policy statements on open research, beginning with the universities of Reading and Cambridge, and they have started to supplement their policy frameworks with support infrastructures. The libraries that form part of the Northern Collaboration are embarking on a similar trajectory, evolving existing support services to the developing ‘open research’ space. This learning exchange will focus on aspects of this development.


1 - 1:15pm Welcome from NC research SIG

1.15 - 1:45 Efforts to develop an Open Research culture at the University of Reading (Robert Darby)

1.45 - 2.15 Panel discussion 1: open research costs

2.15 - 2.25 break

2.25 - 2.55 Panel discussion 2: open research infrastructure

2.55 - 3.25 Panel discussion 3: rewards and incentives

3.25 Summary and close

More on Robert Darby's talk:

Efforts to develop an Open Research culture at the University of Reading

Since 2016 the University of Reading has undertaken various actions to stimulate the growth of an Open Research culture. The Library’s Research Engagement team (which provides publishing and research data management services) has taken a lead role in implementing this programme, working in co-operation with senior management and academics.

Among other things we have organised Open Research-themed conferences and run an Open Research Award competition; published a University Statement on Open Research; established an Open Access monographs fund; begun to include Open Research criteria in promotion and assessment frameworks; and joined the UK Reproducibility Network. Open Research aims are now integrated into University research strategy, and a three-year funded Open Research Action Plan has recently been approved.

This talk will discuss our motivations for taking the Open Research road, highlight some of the milestones on our journey, and reflect on the lessons we have learned.

More on the panel discussions

Our three panel discussions will address and consider the following topics:

Open research costs: paying to publish

Implications of Plan S. How are libraries preparing for the financial consequences of Plan S and of the forthcoming new UKRI and REF open access policies? What plans are in place to begin the process of transferring subscription costs to supporting more open forms of scholarly dissemination, and perhaps even supporting community-developed Open Research initiatives?

Open research infrastructure: building an infrastructure

Policy frameworks. What policies should be in place and what could they look like?

Support infrastructure. Over the last decade, OA, RDM, copyright and bibliometrics services have become embedded within academic libraries. What role should the Library play in the provision of further open research support beyond established practices, especially with regards to facilitating transparency of the process of research rather than the outputs?

Rewards and incentives: changing a culture

Consultation and awareness-raising. How could the behavioural and cultural change that entails the open research agenda be achieved? How do we communicate with the academic community?

Rewards and incentives. How are we dealing with rewards and incentives for engaging with open research? In particular, how does the adoption of DORA influence actual recruitment, promotion and research assessment practices?

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