Practise open research
- Set up agreements with collaborators to make all joint work open.
- Get copyright advice prior to negotiating with publishers.
- Use open source code and software for data collection, processing and analysis to enable others to reproduce your work
- Use infrastructure that easily and securely allows the sharing of data and analysis with other researchers
- Use open data available from government and research organisations
- Make the data you collect, use or generate Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR)
The University supports the academic freedom of researchers to pursue new knowledge, and to choose the best means of dissemination; but within that free choice, the University encourages researchers to make their research outputs and, where appropriate, the accompanying data, “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.
- Post pre-peer reviewed manuscripts to preprint servers:
Read more about pre-prints in Nature
- Publish in open access journals or books
- Deposit your research outputs in Symplectic Elements to make them FAIR via the University repository, Griffith Research Online (GRO)
- Share data and code via open repositories
- Make data available by mediated, secure and ethical methods
- Share your research findings by traditional or social media
- Participate in media broadcasts as an expert commentator
Ensure your research can be successfully replicated by others, work through this checklist:
- Documentation - Document your study's procedures, allowing others to understand and reproduce your findings. Record in an open text format.
- File naming - Establish a consistent naming convention at the start of your project. Name files consistently and logically to enhance retrieval.
- Folder structure - Create a standard folder structure for organising files. Prefix folders by number to reflect your workflow steps. Record the folder structure in a README.txt file.
- Automation - Automate repetitive tasks (including spreadsheet macros, reusable scripts, and programming pipes and loops) to save time and reduce potential errors.
- Version control - Incorporate a system that allows you to keep track of changes to your data, files or processes. Keep master files separate and use copies of the data for processing.
- Cloud backups - Keep a copy of your data (working, raw and completed) in cloud-based storage. Compare the different Griffith Research Storage options.
- Security - Establish strong passwords and use a password manager. Encrypt your computer’s hard drive and connect to the Griffith network using VPN when off-campus.
- De-identification - De-identify or separate sensitive data early, to protect participants privacy, vulnerable species or locations. Replace identifiers with codes or keys.
- Object IDs - Assign a DOI to completed research data, publications, and other outputs to make discoverable.
Find a high quality open access publisher
While the choice of publisher is an individual decision, Griffith encourages researchers to choose open access if possible.
You can find a high quality open access publisher by:
- searching the Directory of Open Access Journals ( DOAJ ) a list of high quality, peer reviewed, open access journals
- checking the Directory of Open Access Books ( DOAB ) a list of peer reviewed titles published under open access licences
- browsing the Australian Open Access Strategy Group ( AOASG ) list of Australian open access book publishers
- using the Think. Check. Submit. checklist to assess the relevance and quality of a publisher or journal.
Be cautious of unsolicited email invitations that ask you to:
- publish your thesis as an open access book
- join editorial boards
- participate in conference or special issues of journals.
These may be from unethical publishers who exploit the open access business model without providing high quality publishing services.
What about copyright?
Use a Creative Commons licence or other copyright licences that allow you to retain copyright and share your work openly, maximising re-use while requiring that your work is appropriately attributed and cited.
Will I have to pay an Article Processing Charge?
Only if you choose a publisher with this business model. Search the Directory of Open Access Journals to find publishers that don't have an APC , or those with a Publish-and-Read agreement. Alternatively, deposit your research outputs in Symplectic Elements to make visible in GRO .
My data is sensitive
Some data may never be shared due to risks to privacy, although with appropriate measures in place, most sensitive data can be shared. To share sensitive data responsibly, you must obtain participants’ informed consent. Get practical guidance on protecting personal information in research studies from the Research ethics manual and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Manage your risk of disclosure via the Five Safes Framework, used by organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Want to take it further?
You can contribute to open research by:
- Starting or participating in an open access journal, or nominate yourself as a reviewer. Find Australian University publishers.
- Joining the open research community or the Australia and New Zealand Open Research Network (ANZORN).
- Teaching openly using Massive Online Open Courses ( MOOC ) and Open Educational Resources ( OER ).
- Learning about open research infrastructure and EU open science initiatives.
Find information and support for all aspects of your copyright compliance obligations.
For help with your research technology, data science and technical infrastructure needs.
Office for research
For help with research grant funding opportunities, ethical and IP matters.
Attend a workshop targeted to support you throughout the research lifecycle.
Griffith research online
Make your research visible and open using the University repository.