The goal of open research is to facilitate transparent, rigorous, reproducible and accessible research.
Open research (also known as open science) includes numerous research practices, such as sharing data, research materials and/or code, preregistering data collection and data analytic plans, making your research outputs freely available, and conducting replication studies. Open research also encompasses other initiatives including open peer review, Registered Reports, and efforts to increase inclusivity and diversity.
Flinders University encourages researchers to learn about, adopt and encourage open research practices, where relevant or possible. When relevant we will update this page with additional information, resources, and opportunities as they become available to ensure that the Flinders’ research community can easily stay up-to-date with recent developments.
Have you heard of open science, but aren’t sure what it is or why it’s important? Join us for a thought-provoking session with Professor Brian Nosek from the Center for Open Science.
Improving openness, rigor, and reproducibility in research is less a technical challenge and more a social challenge. Current practice is sustained by dysfunctional incentives that prioritize publication over accuracy and privacy over transparency. The consequence is unnecessary inefficiency in research progress. Successful culture change requires coordinated policy, incentive, and normative changes across stakeholders to improve research credibility and accelerate progress. Some stakeholder groups and disciplines are making more progress than others. We can change the system, but if we do not act collectively we will fail.
Let’s not fail.
A Flinders' initiative to support open, rigorous and reproducible research.
To support and inform the Flinders’ research community, Research Development and Support ran a three-day researcher training intensive on open research practices. This Open Research Intensive included a mix of online workshops with face-to-face information sessions and panel discussions. These sessions were designed to inform and support open, rigorous and reproducible research at Flinders.
If you would like to find out more about open research (in general or at Flinders) please contact Dr Jen Beaudry, Manager, Researcher Training, Development and Communication.
Over the past decade, researchers, institutions and organisations have developed research practices to increase open, rigorous and reproducible research.
In this recording, Dr Jen Beaudry (Manager, Researcher Training, Development and Communication) provides an introduction to all things open research.
She discusses the replication crisis and give an overview of research practices designed to increase the openness and transparency of your work, including:
She also provides a number of resources to help you embrace and promote open science practices.
Staff from the Library discussed the fundamentals of open access publishing and discussed different strategies you can use to make your research outputs more accessible and discoverable.
Presenters included Dr Danny Kingsley, Josephine McGill and Peter Mason.
The movement toward openness is not limited to research. You can also be more open in your teaching using Open Educational Resources (OERs). Tim Ormsby from Flinders Library and Dr Gerti Szili from Geography discussed how OERs can help your teaching and research.
This session covered:
Adopting open research practices is not without its challenges; however, there are a number of myths about open research that make these challenges seem insurmountable.
Facilitated by Dr Jen Beaudry, this panel provided an open discussion about the myths and challenges of open research practices. The panel included:
Jenny Fewster from the Australian Research Data Commons discussed how to increase openness and transparency in the HASS disciplines. The ARDC is leading the development of a national Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Data Commons and is focused on building Indigenous Research Capability.
In this session, Jenny covered:
Hendryk Flaegel (Manager, Research Ethics and Compliance), Peter Mason (Flinders Library), and Rhys Williams (Australian Research Data Commons) led a session all about research data.
Dr Paula Andrea Martinez from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) covered how to make your research code more visible by following the FAIR Principles for Research Software.
The FAIR principles are:
Dr Martinez discussed:
Eric Olson from the Center for Open Science (USA) gave a hands-on, virtual workshop to increase the reproducibility of your research methods and your data analyses.
In this workshop recording, you will:
Links to other relevant resources at Flinders:
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