"All aspects of the research cycle should be shared and accessible wherever possible. Research should be as open as possible, as closed as necessary" - University of York open research statement
The University of York is committed to the long-term development and support of an open research culture. Here are some ways in which staff and students can get involved in open research at York:
Follow York Open Research on Twitter for the latest discussions, updates and recommended resources for open research practice across all disciplines.
Researchers sharing their open research related outputs (links to open access publications, open datasets, preregistration documents, etc.) can use the hashtag #YorkOpenResearch to help showcase the University’s involvement in open research.
Slack users can also join our dedicated York Open Research channel, where colleagues from across the University share expertise and ask questions.
Our internal wiki provides information on open research events, training opportunities and discussion groups, and other initiatives to support and promote open research practice in specific areas.
You can also find information about our network of Open Research Advocates, who you can contact directly to discuss practices and issues in your field of research.
The Open Research Team (based in the University Library) also works in partnership with staff and postgraduate researchers to provide guidance and training on different aspects of open research practice. The team has developed a Practical Guide which provides an overview of different approaches and links to recommended external training resources and further reading.
There are many examples of excellent open research practice taking place in different academic areas across the University. A few examples are provided below, and we invite researchers to submit their own case studies to share on the York Open Research wiki.
The Department of Psychology has a dedicated Open Science Interest Group that meets termly to discuss best practice in open research and support the implementation of open research across the department. Examples of open research practice include preregistration of experimental design and statistical analyses, publication of registered reports, sharing of research materials and data, uploading of preprints and open access publication. Early Career Researchers have also established a ReproducibiliTEA journal club that meets weekly during term time to discuss papers on open research and reproducibility.
York Structural Biology Laboratory has contributed to open source software for X-ray crystallography over the course of 40 years. Giving away software has led to massive impact, with the 'Coot' software developed under the GNU public license being cited in typically 10 new scientific papers every day, as well as achieving significant commercial income.
The Open Accessible Summaries In Language Studies (OASIS) initiative aims to make research findings on language learning and teaching available and accessible to a wide audience.
The 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.
White Rose University Press
The University of York, along with Universities of Sheffield and Leeds, supports the White Rose University Press (WRUP), an open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines. WRUP is committed to open access dissemination of research and teaching materials, ensuring academic quality, and supporting innovation in digital publishing.