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Open Research: Open Research

What is Open Research?

'Open Research' refers to being open about research at every stage of the process, from working out the original idea through carrying out the research to sharing the finished work. 

Open Research is an interchangeable term with 'Open Science' which is often seen in European context, where it used to embrace the full spectrum of knowledge.

The principles of Open Research are increasingly reflected in the policies of public funders of research, in developments in scholarly communication, and in the practices of the wider academic and research community.

Use the tabs at the top of this  guide to find out more about:

  • open methods
  • open peer review
  • preprints
  • open access
  • open licences & copyright
  • open research data
  • open research code & software
  • collaborative research with the public


Open research Resource List Online A collection of policy, practice, and guidance materials on all aspects of open research.

How to be Open during your research project

Diagram showing research lifecycle and open research actions


The University of Reading have created this handy list of 12 things you can do to make your research open and support open research generally.

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
Collegiate Library [map pdf]

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus, Howard Street
Sheffield S1 1WB