Consultation: A Vision for Open Research at the University of Reading
A message from Phil Newton:
"The University champions Open Research, because research conducted on open principles best serves the public good, and adoption of open practices by our researchers and research students will increase the integrity, quality, and competitive strength of our research. We believe that making our research as open as possible for scrutiny and re-use is the most effective way to serve our public mission in the sharing of knowledge, and creates more opportunities for collaboration and the generation of impact."
So opens our Vision for Open Research at the University of Reading, a draft of which is now open for consultation.
The principles of Open Research are powerful, but we appreciate that what constitutes beneficial open practices will vary between research disciplines and between research approaches, and will be dependent on various factors, including ethical and legal obligations, and rights in intellectual property. Some of the open practices we identify in our Vision, such as sharing of findings ahead of peer review, may not be appropriate in some research contexts and in disciplines that have yet to develop that culture of practice.
There is no single Open Research model that can be applied across all research disciplines. But we do believe that in every field of research there is scope for the intelligent application of open principles to research practice. We wish to raise awareness throughout the University of the benefits to all of Open Research, and to encourage you, our researchers, to consider and discuss what open research might look like in your field, and what practical steps you might take to make your research more accessible to others.
We have sought to articulate a Vision for Open Research at the University of Reading, to set the direction of our aspirations, inform policy development, and foster dialogue with our researchers. The Vision has been developed by a collaboration between the University’s Open Access Group and Research Data Management Steering Group, and was inspired by the Open in Practice conference held in March 2017.
We want this to be a shared Vision, informed by you and owned by you, as a basis for your own research practice and for further developing the support that is provided to you by the University. To this end we are seeking your views on this draft statement during Spring term, with a view to launching a revised version later this year.
This consultation is open to all members of the University, staff and students. We especially welcome the views of those conducting and supporting research.
To respond to the consultation, please complete this short survey.
Phil Newton is Research Dean for Environment and Chair of the University's Open Access Group and Research Data Management Steering Group.