Open Research at Reading 2017-2019: what have we achieved?

In March 2017 we held our first Open in Practice conference. It was our first opportunity to consider as a research community how we can support and enable better access to research outputs, more transparent and collaborative research processes, and greater reproducibility of results. Our second Open in Practice Conference (held in April 2019) gave us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have travelled.

What have we achieved since then? (poster version)

University Statement on the Responsible Use of Metrics

  • Responsible Metrics Statement published in 2018.
  • Aims to ensure that metric-based assessment of researchers for performance evaluation, recruitment and promotion is fair and balanced and not driven by crude indicators such as Journal Impact Factor (IF).

University Statement on Open Research

  • Leading the way as one of the first universities in the world to publish a Statement on Open Research.
  • Sets out commitment to the aims and principles of Open Research.
  • Commits to a more open culture of research by encouraging the research community to explore the possibilities and benefits of open practices.
  • Provides practical guidance.

Open Research Working Group

  • Established in 2018 to co-ordinate communication and engagement activities and ensure these are informed by input from the research community.
  • Representation from the Library, Research Services and the research community.
  • Organised Open in Practice 2019 conference and the Open Research Award.

Post-Graduate Researchers’ Data Management Plan Pilot

  • Pilot requires PhD students that collect or create primary data to submit a data management plan as part of their annual review.
  • Launched with first-year students in the NERC SCENARIO, ESRC SeNSS and AHRC SWW doctoral training centres; plans to roll out further.
  • Aims to instill best practice in data sharing in our trainee researchers.

Programming for reproducibility

  • Research programming is often integral to reproducibility.
  • A 2017 survey showed the use of research programming is widespread; researchers often lack training and support.
  • Research Software Group established (2018) to co-ordinate capability development activities.
  • Developing training and support for researchers and research students.
  • Weekly PCLS Coding Club (2018) is open to staff and students. Meeting a vital need to share skills and good practice.

Open Access monographs fund

  • Established funding to publish Open Access monographs (2017). Two have now been published; five are pending.

Open Research Award

  • Photo of open research prize 2019

    The winning entry for our Open Research Prize was Open and Online Experimental Philosophy by Kathryn Francis (shown), Nat Hansen and Philip Beaman.

    Recognising and rewarding open research practices.

  • Competition launched in 2019, open to members of staff and PhD students.
  • 17 entries received; shortlisted four to compete for the £500 prize, winner was decided by audience vote at Open in Practice.
  • Shortlisted entries to be published as Open Research case studies.

Contact: openresearch@reading.ac.uk

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CentAUR statistics for March 2019

An infographic showing some key statistics on usage of the CentAUR repository for March 2019

Selected statistics from the CentAUR repository

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CentAUR statistics for February 2019

Keystats February 2019 An infographic with some key statistics about the CentAUR repository

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CentAUR statistics for January 2019

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CentAUR statistics for 2018

An infrographic showing a selection of key statistics for CentAUR in 2018

A selection of key statistics for CentAUR in 2018

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CentAUR statistics for December 2018

Summary statistics for December 2018

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CentAUR Statistics for November 2018

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CentAUR statistics for October 2018

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Finding Open Access Journals – Top Tips

By publishing in a fully open access journal (one that is not funded by subscriptions, does not charge for readers to access the content and usually uses the Creative Commons licenses), you can get maximum exposure for your work as everyone will be able to access your research.

If you are a staff member or student at the University of Reading, you can get the article processing charge (APC) paid for you via the University Library if you are publishing in a fully open access journal. You have to apply for funding before you submit your article and we’ll check that we have sufficient funds remaining in our University Open Access account and that the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

There are several tools that can help you find a suitable open access journal for your research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Search DOAJ to find fully open access journals in your subject area. Journals awarded the DOAJ Seal of Approval have achieved a high level of openness, have committed to best practices and have adopted high publishing standards.

SCImago Journal Rankings

The SCImago Journal and Country Rank website is a freely available portal that helps you find journals by subject area and country. You can also opt to search for only open access journals using a filter on the search screen. The search is based on information from the Scopus database. In the search results you will see some metrics, such as the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and which SJR quartile the journal belongs to, and the country of publication.  By clicking on the name of the journal, you can find out more about the publisher, subject categories covered by the journal and some data on past citation history.

Screen shot of a sample search for an open access journal

Screen shot of a journal search on the SCImago Journal and Country Rank website

Scopus

The Scopus database (accessible to University of Reading staff and students via an institutional subscription) has a useful journal finding tool that also lets you search for just open access journals in your subject area.

 

 

 

 

 

You can also use the Scopus Journal Analyzer tool to make some direct comparisons between journals, for example, what percentage of articles published in the journal are uncited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher websites

Many publishers also offer ways of finding just their open access journals, check out their webpages for more information. For example, the SpringerNature Journal Suggester and the Elsevier Journal Finder can be configured to only recommend open access titles.

Don’t forget to Think, Check, Submit

Before you submit your precious research output to any journal, open access or a traditional one, always follow the guidance from the Think, Check, Submit campaign to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable publisher/journal. There’s a handy video on the Think Check Submit website to guide you to a reputable publisher: https://vimeo.com/151882443

 

 

 

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CentAUR statistics for September 2018

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