Open Research Services
Find out more about the services and resources provided by the Library Open Research team and Open Research practices. Explore key services with respect to data management, open-access publication, and participatory research, along with useful tools to support Open Research in practice.
The Library Open Research Service is acts as a central hub for Open Research initiatives at the University. Working alongside grassroots networks (such as ReproducibiliTea), library services (such as the Scholarly Communications and Research Data Service teams), and other institutional services and resources (such as the Institute for Academic Development) we are committed to working towards the 'pillars' of Open Research:
Learn More about Open Research and our plans for the open research service (including our 2023 roadmap)
- Culture Change
- Future of Scholarly Publishing
- FAIR Data
- Education & Skills
- Recognition & Rewards
- Next-generation Metrics
- Research Integrity
- Citizen Science & Participatory Research
Open Research Conference 2024
The Call for Contributions for the Edinburgh Open Research Conference is now open! We encourage everyone to apply, whether you are from a student, researcher, support staff or any other background. This year, we are coming together to ask the question:
"How can Open Research contribute to positive Culture Change in Research more broadly?"
We welcome submissions for talks (15mins), lightning talks (5mins) and posters. Further details about the conference themes and the submission process can be found on the Journals Portal linked below.
Key Services & Resources
Research Data Service
Making Your Research Open Access
Research Information Management
Library participatory research and citizen science support
The Institute for Academic Development Open Research Hub
Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea and Open Research Initiative
There are numerous additional internal and external resources to support you on your Open Research journey. We are frequently reviewing the services on offer at the University that promote OpenAccess work, and welcome suggestions for new tools that may be of use to researchers at the University.
Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle.
As a collaboration tool, OSF helps research teams work on projects privately or make the entire project publicly accessible for broad dissemination. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to the many products researchers already use, streamlining their process and increasing efficiency.
The University of Edinburgh-hosted RSpace is an electronic lab notebook that enables researchers to do the following:
- capture and organize data
- use as collaboration software for groups to organise and share data
- use as a management tool for principal investigators to observe and manage lab workflows
- use as a platform for institutions to capture, publish and archive data
- use the new sample inventory feature
Create and share computational notebooks hassle-free for teaching and learning through your VLE. Use any language and environment through a centralised hub. Built from the powerful Jupyter project, Noteable.
The University has a subscription to the protocols.io service and it is available to all staff and students of the University. Users can:
- Create new protocols within the system
- Upload existing methods and digitise them
- Share protocols between group members and external collaborators
- Publish protocol(s) making them freely available for others to use and cite or keep them private
The Software Sustainability Institute cultivates better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research. We help people build better software, and we work with researchers, developers, funders and infrastructure providers to identify key issues and best practice in scientific software.
The Open Content LibGuide tells you everything you need to know about Open Access and Open Educational Resources.
Stay in Touch
Our monthly newsletter summarises current work the Library Open Research team is doing, introduces you to our wonderful colleagues along with important resources for conducting Open Research, and will keep you up to date with the latest Open Research events and activities taking place at the University and beyond.