Open Research

Open Research

Open Research Statement

The greatest benefits of knowledge come when it is shared as widely as possible. Open research involves not only making your research outputs open access but also the underlying research data, methodology and any software or code that you have produced in the process of carrying out your research. Open access means that your research outputs and data are freely available to be viewed and downloaded by anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world, without barriers or requiring payment. There are many benefits to making your research open access including improving the integrity and quality of the data and broadening the reach of the research – offering more opportunities for collaboration and increasing impact.

The University of Aberdeen is committed to open research and will support our researchers in making their research open.  The Scholarly Communications Team are here to provide advice, support and guidance.

Here are some of the ways that you can make your research open access:

  • We encourage you to deposit all of your recently accepted research publications in Pure/AURA. When you have a paper accepted for publication email with a copy of the confirmation of acceptance and a copy of the accepted manuscript. Library staff will upload your paper to Pure in compliance with the publisher self-archiving, funder and REF policies. You may also add publications to Pure yourself – please see the toolkit for guidance.
  • Deposit in Pure/AURA is not restricted to articles. If you have a book or chapter accepted for publication contact us at and we will check whether the publisher offers a green open access route. You may be permitted to make a portion of the monograph available in the institutional repository.
  • Make your data open access in a suitable repository for your subject area wherever possible. Use the repository finder and follow the FAIR data principles.
  • Release your code or software under an open access licence.
  • Archive web resources in a way that ensures they will be available long term.
  • Use a preprint repository – use Sherpa Romeo to check the preprint policy of the journal you intend to submit your article to.
  • Consider open peer-review.
  • Consider pre-registering your research e.g. on the Open Science Framework or using registered reports.
  • Discuss open research with your colleagues and consider teaching it to your students.
  • Join the University of Aberdeen Open Research Working Group affiliated with the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN).

Resources on Open Science that may be of interest are; has 10 core modules designed to equip students and researchers with the skills required to excel in the modern research environment.