Training and resources

Open Research

The University of Aberdeen is committed to open research, ensuring there are no barriers to sharing knowledge.

Open Research Direct to You

Contact the Open Research Team to arrange a one-to-one chat or a tailored session for your school on the open research issues you are most interested in.

Training and resources



ExplORe: Open Research Essentials

ExplORe: Open Research Essentials is a new series of training sessions from the Open Research Team. To view information on and sign up to future sessions (internal only) please see the course booking system

ExplORe Series: Open Research: Who are we and what do we do? Tuesday 24th January 2023

The first in a new series of training sessions on Open Research. This session will be an introduction to the Open Research Team delivered by the Library's Emma Francis (Cataloguing & Metadata Manager) and Susan Halfpenny (Head of Research & Learning Information Services).

A recording will be made available on our Open Research You Tube Playlist soon.



ExplORe Series: Citation Impact: What is it and how to measure it? Tuesday 31st January 2023

Learn about citations, how they are measured and where they are counted. This session will give an overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of citations, including:

  • Citation impact: definition, limitations, and relevance
  • Citation indicators
  • Tools that capture citations
  • Citations and League Tables
  • How to enhance your research visibility and make sure that your citations are captured in citation databases

A recording will be made available on our Open Research You Tube Playlist soon.

View the slides. 

ExplORe Series: Making Data Open: What you need to know. Tuesday 21st February 2023

 The session will cover: 

  • The reasons for making data open and benefits of reproducibility.
  • Show how to go about making data open and provide information and resouces for making your data FAIR.
  •  The session will also cover choosing and using repositories for making data available
  •  Will look at the importance and practicalities of licensing your data and code.

This session is aimed at all levels of researchers interested in learning more about open data

Book online via Course Booking (UoA only) Tuesday 21st February 2023 09:15-10:00

ExplORe Series: Guide to Open Access Research Publications. Tuesday 28th February 2023

Learn how to make your research publications open access. Joanna Adams from the Open Research Team in the library will give an overview of publishing your research outputs open access. 

The session will cover  

  • The routes to open access – publisher open access and repository based open access 

  • Compliance with funder open access policies 

  • REF open access requirements 

  • Open access publisher agreements 

  • How to get your publications into Pure/AURA 

This session is aimed at all researchers thinking about publishing their next paper. 

Book online at course booking (UoA only) Tuesday 28th February 2023 09:15-10:00

ExplORe Series: Open Licences for Publications and Data. Tuesday 14th March 2023

Find out more about Creative Commons and open licences. Tim Riley, copyright and licensing advisor, and the Open Research team will give an overview of open licences and copyright for publications and datasets. 

Book online at course booking (UoA only) Tuesday 14th March 2023 09:15-10:00

Open Research Enlightening Forum

The first Open Research Enlightening Forum was held at the Foresterhill Campus on 29th November 2022. 

Open Research Enlightening Forum 29 November 2022

Aimed at all researchers at the Foresterhill campus but of particular interest to Postgrad Research Students and ECRs; arranged by the Library's Open Research Team.  This event was an opportunity to hear about on the ground research and the benefits and problems encountered by researchers in the pursuit of Open Research.

Speakers were:

Prof. Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support, Vice Principals and Professor in Intellectual Property, Law - slide pack

Dr. Jess Butler, Analytical Lead/Research Fellow, Other Applied Health Sciences - slide pack

Prof. Jonathan Pettitt, Personal Chair, Medical Sciences - slide pack

Also featured were lightning talks by our Open Research experts on open data:

Lesley Macrae & Francesca Soldati, Open Research, Library Services - slide pack

Katie Wilde, Head of Digital Research, Research & Data Management - slide pack


Open Access e-Resources

Books, Chapters, Journals, Articles and more
  • AURA The University of Aberdeen institutional repository provides full text access to the University’s research outputs
  • BASE A search engine for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 150 million documents from more than 7,000 sources 
  • CORE An aggregate database of all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide
  • F1000 Research OA platform An open research publishing platform for the sciences offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs
  • JSTOR - Open and free content on JSTOR and Artstor, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary digital platform
  • Knowledge Unlatched KU facilitates open access publishing and makes scholarly content freely available to everyone
  • OpenAire One of the largest open scholarly record collections worldwide
  • Open Community Collections from Jisc feature freely accessible primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives
  • Open Humanities Press Access to peer reviewed journals and books published by the Press
  • Open Knowledge The official open access repository for the World Bank
  • UCL Press Launched in 2015 UCL Press is the UK’s first open access university press publishing both high quality books and journals

If you are unable to access an article you want to read you could always send a request to the corresponding author – many authors are open to receiving requests for articles via social networking sites or their personal website.

  • Directory of Open Access Books DOAB aims to promote the discoverability of open access books and provides access to many titles from academic publishers
  • OAPEN Online Library A collection of open access books
  • Open Book Publishers As well as publishing in traditional formats Open Book Publishers provide free online editions of every title in various formats
  • Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals
  • Open Library of Humanities University of Aberdeen is a supporting institution of OLH, a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing high quality peer reviewed journals
  • PubMed Central PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)
  • Wellcome Open Research Useful for medical sciences this is a platform for Wellcome funded researchers to rapidly publish their research
  • DART DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses
  • EThOS Search over 500,000 doctoral theses via the British Library and get instant access to digitised theses or scanned copies at no charge from participating institutions
  • PQDT Open Read the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge
  • Primo Access to University of Aberdeen thesis
Quick Tools to Find Open Access Articles and Chapters
  • Unpaywall Download the ‘Unpaywall’ button to Chrome or Firefox browsers to instantly find free, open access, versions of articles or book chapters
  • Open Access Button Allows you to search for open access, free of charge, versions of journal articles and book chapters
  • EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) a browser plugin that helps you quickly access full-text PDFs by connecting you to your library's subscriptions as well as open access content
  • Find preprints and other freely available versions on sites like SSRN, and discipline-specific preprint servers
Open data e-Resources

See Open Knowledge International's The Open Data Handbook for guidance, case studies and other relevant resources.