Make your research visible

Practise open scholarship by sharing plans, protocols, methodology, infrastructure, code, data and findings throughout the research process in a way that enables access and reuse by others.

Benefits of open scholarship

You and the global community will benefit from:

  • democratised access to scholarly and research outputs
  • greater opportunities for research collaboration
  • new opportunities for innovation and further research
  • increased transparency of research processes
  • improved research validation and study replication
  • efficiencies in decision support
  • increasing public trust in science.

Dr Chris Brown discusses how he approaches open data and methods in his environmental research.

Dr Jessica Paynter discusses how she shares and publishes research data, whilst protecting the identity of participants.

Your responsibilities

Adhere to the code by familiarising yourself with our research integrity resource sheets, in particular:

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If your research is funded by key bodies— ARC or NHMRC —you must:

  • deposit research outputs in an open access institutional repository, within a year of publication
  • openly share research data, where possible.

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Share and communicate research methodology, data and findings openly, responsibly and accurately

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

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Make your work open

Find a high quality open access publisher

You can find a high quality open access publisher by:

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.

Common concerns

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.

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Will I have to pay an Article Processing Charge?

Some open access journals may impose an Article Processing Charge (APC).  Search the Directory of Open Access Journals to find publishers who do not charge fees.

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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.

Learn about licensing for data re-use

Want to take it further?

You can contribute to open scholarship by:

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