Here are some examples of open research practices from a variety of disciplines. These case studies provide some insight into open research, including the views and experiences of researchers who have implemented such practices.
You can also use page labels to navigate to case studies relating to a specific practice or discipline:
Further support for open research practices is provided in the Library's Practical Guide (link opens in Subject Guides).
Submit your case study
We invite staff and students to submit their own case studies in doc format to the Open Research Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Case studies should focus on the benefits of open research practice, but can also address the challenges faced by researchers and how any such difficulties were overcome. While the research context is important to set the scene, the focus of the case study should be on describing the open research experience and the resulting benefits.
- Title: should mention the open research aspect of the case study
- Summary paragraph: 120 words approximately, providing a brief abstract for the case study, highlighting the role of open research practice(s) and key take-away message(s)
- Case study: 500 words approximately, describing:
- the research context in which open practices were used;
- what open practices were used and why;
- what barriers or challenges were encountered, and how these were handled;
- what benefits were realised, and for whom, as a result of using the open practices;
- what lessons have been learnt.
- Primary citable outputs of the activity (e.g. open access publications, preprints, datasets, code): resources should be referenced by persistent URL or DOI
- Contact: name of researcher/research group, photo, department, email, ORCiD and Twitter (if desired)
- Images: we would like our case studies to be visually appealing, so please provide three images (if possible) which can be used to help illustrate the research. We will assume that you are the copyright holder of the image unless otherwise stated; if the image was created by a third party then please let us know the source and whether you have obtained permission to share the image publicly in this format
Adapted with permission from University of Reading Open Research Case Studies.