Education Researchers for Open Science (EROS)

Who are we?

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.

What are our aims?

Our objective is to raise awareness of these benefits within and beyond the department, and to serve as a central point of reference for education researchers who are interested in open research. Specifically, we aim to monitor and communicate ongoing developments within the open science landscape, provide concrete guidance and training on adopting open science practices, and influence incentive structures to recognise commitment to Open Science practices.

What have we done?

We’ve been engaged in a variety of activities designed to foster the adoption of open science including reviewing our ethics procedures to enable data archiving and sharing, holding a methodology brownbag on pre-registration, and convening a Peer Support for Teaching group reviewing how open science practices can be embedded in postgraduate research training. Our Research Away Day on 6 June 2018 will have a focus on Open Science in Practice.

EROS resources

As part of our mission to provide guidance and training, we have compiled a selected list of freely available tools and resources that can help researchers understand and adopt open practices. The goal of this collection is to provide a starting point for researchers wishing to, e.g.,

  • Find a practical introduction to the whys and whats of open science
  • Learn about the benefits of open science, including multi-site collaboration and reproducibility
  • Make use of open resources (e.g. open source software and Creative-Commons-licensed materials) to minimize restrictions on sharing and verifiability
  • Pre-register a study in public archives or via journals (Registered Reports)
  • Learn about optimal reporting, statistical, and scientific practices to ensure reproducibility
  • Archive and publicly share their study data, code, and materials to the maximum extent permitted by ethics and privacy law
  • Understand funder and journal policies related to open data and open access.

View our EROS resources.