Open Research at Aston
Supporting Open Access publishing, Open Research data, research profiles and impact and open practices across research disciplines
Open Research is the practice of researching in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute throughout the research process, from making hypotheses, lab notes and research data freely available, continuing through the peer review and open access publication processes, to the further dissemination of knowledge through freely available software and open educational materials. All research items should be made freely available under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.
Openness in research is about more than policy compliance: it is the establishing and enacting of good practice across disciplines that allows knowledge to be accessible throughout the research lifecycle. By supporting the availability of research data, processes and outputs, Open Research fosters collaboration, transparency, and reproducibility so that the benefits of scholarly research can be shared with everyone.
This is in line with Aston’s values and commitment to deliver research that changes lives for the better through collaborations between students, academic staff and industry leaders. To facilitate that mission, Aston University is committed to making research “as open as possible, as soon as possible” to best serve public society, industry and our beneficiaries.
Open Research is a holistic practice, supported by digital technologies and a people-centred culture. It can include: making your articles available Open Access through publication and/or through our repositories; making your datasets and associated documentation available through repositories; preregistering studies; Open Peer Review; using open notebooks; sharing Open Educational Resources and engaging in and fostering Citizen Science initiatives.
Not all research can be made open because of ethical, commercial or legal considerations. This Open Research Statement signals a move at Aston University from a risk-averse, closed-first approach to a risk-informed, open-as-possible approach.
Aston University is committed to supporting students and staff in developing and enhancing their Open Research practices. The Open Research Team, based in the Library, is available to help and offers a range of advice and training. They:
The Open Research Team can support you in exploring options in sharing your research practice at difference stages of the process, with respect to different disciplinary norms and practices. This includes:
Further work is being done to support the following areas in the future:
In addition to the Open Research Team, other services at Aston University (such as RKE, AURIO and Legal Services) can also assist researchers in their journey to Open Research.
Aston has policies in place to support Open Research, including: Open Access Policy Research Data Management Policy Research Publications Policy Responsible use of Research Publication Metrics Policy
Staff and students are encouraged to engage with Open Research beyond basic policy compliance through:
While different disciplines will engage in Open Research practices in different ways, Aston University believes that these practices will highlight the original, rigorous and impactful research being undertaken across the university.
Open Research Manager (Maternity Leave Cover)
Open Research Specialist
Open Research Data Specialist
Kikachukwu Paula Oluonye
Open Research Assistant
To schedule group or one-to-one training on Pure or to discuss any questions you have about open access or open research, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or for research data and related questions and training, contact email@example.com