Discover how researchers from across the University have explored and embedded open research practices in their own work.

Case studies

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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. 

Formatting guidelines:

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.

Terms of use and licensing

Unless otherwise noted, copyright in these case studies belongs to the author(s) who offer permission to the Open Research Team to edit and format their text for presentation purposes. Case studies will be published on the York Open Research wiki space under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) Licence. This permits others to share and adapt case studies for non-commercial purposes, as long as they give appropriate credit to the author(s), provide a link to the licence and indicate if changes were made. 

Under the terms of this licence the University Open Research Operations Group may use case studies for advocacy and training purposes with acknowledgement to the author(s). This includes (but is not limited to) sharing excerpts from case studies through the University website, researcher training sessions, social media and internal communication channels. 

Authors should seek to obtain permission from potential rights holders and interested parties before submitting their case studies, for example by speaking to co-authors or research supervisors. The Open Research Team can help to address any copyright or data protection/confidentiality issues which may arise from submissions. 

Note that these terms and conditions apply primarily to written case studies, but we also accept case studies in other formats such as video presentations, for which other terms may apply. Please contact the Open Research Team to discuss this further (