Open Research

Open Research Week 2022

Eight events over 4 days, covering many aspects of Open Research including reward and recognition, publishing open books and journals, open educational resources and an opening keynote talk by Ana Persic from UNESCO

Monday 14th February 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Professor Keith George, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, LJMU will open Open Research Week 2022 and welcomes our keynote speaker Ana Persic – Chief of Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO

UNESCO Open Science Recommendation: International Policy Framework for Open Science

The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science defines shared values and principles for Open Science and identifies concrete measures on open access and open data, with proposals to bring society closer to science and commitments to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge worldwide. If adequately implemented across the world and by different open science actors, the Recommendation has the potential of significantly advancing science that is more accessible, collaborative, transparent, inclusive and more responsive to the needs of society.

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Monday 14th February 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Assessing, monitoring and rewarding open research, and the funder’s role

Aki Macfarlane, Open Research Specialist in Wellcome’s Research Environment team, will be talking about The Wellcome Trust’s role in helping promote and embed open research practices within the UK. Aki has been involved in scientific research, publishing and research funding for more than 10 years. Wellcome’s Research Environment team works to ensure that Wellcome-funded research is open, engaged, equitable and efficient.

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Tuesday 15th February 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Open Journals: Possibilities in Publishing

Publish or perish: what contribution can an open journal service offer in the academic publishing market

Liverpool John Moores University launched its open journals service in 2016. From small beginnings, the service is growing and expanding. With the increasing pressure to publish and make work open access, what role can a university open journals service play in supporting that goal?  Cath Dishman, Open Access and Digital Scholarship Librarian LJMU will be talking about her experiences in managing an open journals service.

The Essex Student Journal – a diamond open access journal run by students, for students:

The Journal’s aim is to be student focused with students working as the Editor, completing peer review, and authoring all the papers. In this presentation Hannah Pyman - Scholarly Communication Co-ordinator and Dafni Kalatzi Pantera - Student Journal Editor and current PGR student within the Government department, University of Essex, will introduce the Journal, how it works, speak about some of the technical issues and talk about how the journal is growing through increasing engagement work.

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Tuesday 15th February 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Making open education FAIR: principles, practice and the National Teaching Repository

Dr Dawne Irving Bell, Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Development., Centre for Learning and Teaching Edge Hill University and Liam Bullingham Research Support Librarian Edge Hill University.     

Digital technologies are allowing for educational resources to be more open than ever before. Allowing users to discover and learn, and educators to gain greater recognition for their work and demonstrate their contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This talk will introduce the National Teaching Repository, a digital space where educators can upload teaching resources and consider FAIR principles.

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Wednesday 16th February 10.30 am – 11.30 pm

Open Research and Me

Dr Alexis Makin (University of Liverpool) Dr Hilary Bishop (LJMU) and Dr Reshanne Reeder (Edge Hill University) will be showing how they have embraced ‘open’ in their research practice. Highlighting how the steps researchers can take can be different, but valuable and rewarding.

Creating a catalogue of our data: incorporating FAIR and using the Open Science Framework.

Dr Alexis Makin is a lecturer in Psychology at the Institute of Population Health University of Liverpool.

What Can Be The Worst That Can Happen? Open Access and Me.

Dr Hilary Bishop is a senior lecturer at Liverpool Business School, Chartered Geographer appointed by the Royal Geographical Society and Research Series Editor for the Historical Geography Research Group

Registered Reports: The gold standard of open research is also the most challenging to do right

Dr Reshanne Reeder is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Psychology Edge Hill University 

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Wednesday 16th February 13.00 pm – 14.30 pm

Open Access Books - Making it work

This roundtable discussion, chaired by the Open Access Books Network (OABN), will highlight three different experiences of how to make Open Access book publishing work in an equitable and sustainable way:

Charles Watkinson (University of Michigan Press) will share his experience from a more 'traditional' university publisher that is now developing a consortia library publishing programme, called Fund to Mission, to significantly step up their OA book publishing and to move away from a Book Processing Charge (BPC) model as they do so.

Demmy Verbeke (KU Leuven Libraries Artes) will discuss how KU Leuven Libraries have developed a fund called Fair OA Fund, which has been designed to make sure there is institutional money available to support innovative and non-profit OA initiatives, including books, journals, and infrastructure, alongside APCs/BPCs and TAs.

Lucy Barnes (COPIM and Open Book Publishers) will talk about building community-owned and governed infrastructure to support and expand the publication of OA books, and the importance of international partnerships in funding, sharing and publishing OA.

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Wednesday 16th February 3.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Open Research and Reproducibility

Open research ensures transparency across the research lifecycle, promoting rigour, reproducibility, and public trust in research. The benefits of open research practices for improving the quality and integrity of research have been widely documented, and the UK Government R&D Roadmap recognizes that open research contributes to a positive research culture. Professor Emily Farran (UK Reproducibility Network Institutional Lead, University of Surrey and Andy Jones (University of Liverpool UKRN Local Network Lead) will be talking about Open Research and how adopting Open Research practices can help address reproducibility issues.

Emily Farran is Professor of Cognitive Development and Academic Lead Research Culture and Integrity, University of Surrey. In November 2019, the University of Surrey was one of the first Universities to join the UK Reproducibility Network at an institutional level. The (now 18) institutions that have joined the UKRN work collaboratively to coordinate training and share best practice to improve the transparency and quality of research in the UK, and have recently received funding from Research England to accelerate the uptake of open research practices across the sector.

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Thursday 17th February 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Arts & Sciences, Edge Hill University will close ORW 2022 and introduce our final session.

Open Research Winners

In 2021 several Universities held competitions to celebrate and reward research colleagues for their open practices. In the last session for Open Research Week 2022, we have asked three winners to talk about what they did and what they are doing now

Dr Alanna Skuse won the University of Reading’s Open Research Award 2021 with an outstanding case study on the challenges and benefits of publishing Open Access in the humanities. Alanna is a lecturer in the Dept of English and is funded by a Wellcome Trust University Award.

Dr Marton Ribary won the University of Surrey’s Open Research case study award and was commended for fully embracing open research practice at every stage of the research practice. Marton is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the School of Law.

Dr Ailsa Naismith won the University of Bristol’s Open Research Prize 2021 for Widening Reach for work that demonstrated open research practices with wider reach potential, including re-use and improving public value and/or innovation. Ailsa is a research associate in the School of Earth Sciences. Ailsa is currently in Guatemala continuing her research towards understanding past disasters around volcanoes in Guatemala.

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Open Research Week is supported by the Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) awarded by The Wellcome Trust to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool.

For further information contact Judith Carr Research Data Manager, University of Liverpool.

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