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Submit your case study

We invite staff and students to submit their own case studies in doc format to the Open Research Team:

Case studies should describe the benefits of open research practices in your work and how any challenges were dealt with along the way. While the research context is important to set the scene, the focus of the case study should be on the experiences of the researcher(s) and what lessons were learnt through your engagement with open research practice. The purpose of these case studies is to inform and inspire other researchers across the University to explore and embed open research in their own work.

Formatting guidelines:

  • 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, pre-registration reports, 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.

Researchers are also welcome to produce case studies in other formats as they wish, for example video presentations. 

Adapted with permission from University of Reading Open Research Case Studies.

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