Open Research Action Plan

Maximising the transparency and openness of the research pipeline is essential to maximise the integrity and impact of the work conducted at Keele University and its partners. Engagement with Open Research practices aligns closely with UK research funders—including UKRI—who are increasingly expecting full compliance and engagement with development of Open Research practices. 

Open Research aligns with the UK Government Research & Development roadmap, which states

“...we will strongly incentivise open data sharing where appropriate, so that reproducibility is enabled, and knowledge is shared and spread collaboratively”. In addition, a lack of openness in research practice has been cited as a contributor of the so-called “reproducibility crisis”,

and will likely be a central theme in the UK Parliament inquiry into Reproducibility and Research Integrity.

As an early Institutional Partner of the UK Reproducibility Network, Keele has an outstanding opportunity to lead on the enhancement and impact of our research through widespread engagement with Open Research practices. This will be bolstered by Keele’s inclusion in the successful £4.5million grant from Research England Development Fund to develop and evaluate high-quality training in Open Research, and to develop and evaluate institutional best-practice.  

The full action plan outlines 3 academic years' worth of activity to increase the awareness of—and engagement with—a variety of Open Research practices at Keele University. The action plan has been developed and agreed by the Research Integrity & Improvement Team, and was formally approved by University Research Committee on 25th November 2021.

Action Plan 2021-2024

The plan is centered on 5 themes: 

  • Theme A: Training Researchers 
  • Theme B: Developing Researchers 
  • Theme C: Infrastructure 
  • Theme D: Embedding Open Research in Institutional Practice 
  • Theme E: Establishing & Nurturing External Partnerships.  

Open Research Action Plan 2021-2024 (98 KB)

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