Research should be shared openly and widely to maximise its impact, enhance integrity and minimise waste. With our distinctive, open mission, our University should lead the way in fostering an open researchculture.
We will set targets for:
Working in collaboration with the OU Library, we will introduce open research champions who work with research teams to increase their deposition of data/ outputs and improve accessibility.
We will further invest in data archiving and research support infrastructure to maximise open availability and enable more use of archived content for future research activity.
We will explore and pilot the use of new models for data and full paper publication.
We will ensure that promotion and recruitment processes value new repository and publication routes alongside traditional routes of academic publication.
For example, projects with innovative data deposition and output dissemination, accepting different practices across disciplines, will have a greater chance of receiving funding. Projects lacking these mechanisms will be supported to adopt best practice.
Given the Open University’s mission and unique place in higher education we will play an active role at UK level to share our expertise in open research.
We will explore new ways of publicising our research for internal and external audiences.
A regular review that uses social media to bring to life our research could be a powerful way to raise our profile.
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