What is open research?

Open research comprises openness throughout the research cycle, through collaborative working and sharing and making research methodology, software, code and equipment freely available online, along with instructions for using it. Open research includes making publications freely available online (open access), in addition to the underlying research data (open data).

Open access to research publications and data means that these are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by anybody with an internet connection, anywhere in the world, without having to log in or pay. Open access benefits individuals not affiliated with institutions that buy access to journal content, this can include researchers in developing countries, practitioners such as health workers, governments and members of the public (whose taxes helped to fund the research).

Licences such as Creative Commons applied to open access publications and data allow maximum reuse, subject to proper attribution to the author of the work. The data and publications can be interrogated, reused, built upon and adapted, leading to new research findings, development and innovation.

The "citation advantage" of open access is widely accepted. Open access can help to build your research profile and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, in addition to increasing the visibility and impact of University of Exeter research.

Open research benefits you as an individual as well as the institution and society as a whole. 

Find out how to make your work open access.