1. Start small – share with colleagues
“I think they should start at the beginning, by sharing information with their colleagues,” said Charlotte Tate. “Sharing within their lab and sharing with incoming graduate students, for example.”
This tip from our podcast is a great way to start making your work more open. Sharing with colleagues and receiving feedback can help you discover the most useful things you can share, understand which formats are most helpful, and so on. Doing this first will help you build confidence and move on to some of our other tips.
2. Make your research publications open access
Most academic publishers now offer open access journals and open access publishing options within subscription journals. Your institution may also have its own repository. For more detail on exactly how open access works and how to publish open access with Taylor & Francis, read our guide to choosing open.
3. Make your data FAIR
If you collect or create primary data that support your research findings, make them FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable). You can do this by depositing them in a data repository under an open license, in usable formats, and with proper documentation and metadata. You (and others) can then cite the data using the DOI or other unique identifier in your publications. There’s lots of helpful information in our guide to open data.
4. Release your code
If you create research software or write code to perform data analysis, you can preserve and release the code under an open license using a data repository or code repository platform.
5. Use a preprint server or open journal submission system
A preprint, also known as the Author’s Original Manuscript (AOM), is the version of your article before you have submitted it to a journal for peer review. Preprint servers, such as ArXiv, SocArXiv and bioRxiv, are online repositories that enable you to post this early version of your paper online. They are an opportunity to get your work out to your peers quickly. Although readers need to keep in mind that preprints will not have been through a formal peer review process. Read more about preprints.
6. Take part in open peer review.
There are many different models of peer review. Among those we offer is the open and transparent peer review process of the F1000Research platform. In this post-publication model, each peer review report, plus the approval status selected by the reviewer, is published with the reviewer’s name and affiliation alongside the article. Authors are encouraged to respond openly to the peer review reports and can publish revised versions of their article if they wish.
7. Pre-register your research plans using Registered Reports
Registered Reports change the way that experiments are designed and conducted by breaking the peer review process into two parts. The first round of peer review is much earlier in the process than the standard research workflow. It takes place after the experiment has been designed but before any data has been collected or analyzed. Find out more about Registered Reports
8. Share your methods, materials, slide decks, and more with F1000Research
In addition to publishing original research articles, the F1000Research platform gives you the opportunity to share a wide range of different outputs of your work, including documents, posters, slide decks, data notes, and study protocols. All of these outputs can be cited by you and others.
9. Teach open research
If you’re responsible for teaching, then you have the opportunity to introduce your students to the concepts and practices of open research. For example, you could use open data in your teaching and exercises or ask students undertaking experimental projects to pre-register their hypotheses and study designs. You could also teach reproducibility by setting an assignment to replicate a published study and much more.
10. Choose to publish your book open access
If you write academic books, Taylor & Francis Open Access Books program allows authors and their funders to publish both OA chapters and books across STEM, Humanities, and the Social Sciences under a range of publishing licenses. Books can be single-authored or have multiple authors and we offer a range of text types, from monographs to conference proceedings, textbooks to short-form titles.