Open Research at the University of Bristol

Open research is a broad range of practices which, when combined, makes research more accessible, transparent, reproducible, and visible.

Open research incorporates many practices, not all of which are applicable to every discipline, but it has at its core:

All of these practices support the transparency of research, add to the quality and robustness of research outputs, and promote research integrity. They demonstrate that research conducted at the University is of the highest quality, and that its researchers use best practice when undertaking research. You can read more on open research practices at UKRI's Open Research webpage, and Wellcome's Open Research webpage.

The University's commitment to open research is underpinned by our institutional policies for Open Access, and Research Data Management and Open Data.

UK Reproducibility Network and GW4

The UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) enables researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders working in the UK to collaborate, so they are better able to conduct and promote rigorous, reproducible, and transparent research. It provides peer-led perspectives and resources, including a set of primers on open research practices. The local Bristol Network is a grassroots community of researchers and other staff who advocate rigorous, reproducible and transparent research, and through whom the aims and activities of the UKRN are promoted within the University. Please contact the University Local Network Lead for more information.

The GW4 Alliance - an alliance of four of the UK's most research-intensive and innovative universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter – hosted the inaugural cross-alliance GW4 Open Research Week 2023 in November 2023. The event focused on the theme of the Theory of Change, showcasing a broad range of Open Research practices which make research more accessible, transparent, reproducible and visible. As part of the week, the GW4 Alliance universities also came together to host the first ever joint GW4 Open Research Prize 2023.

The Library and Open Research Support

The Library's Research Support Team provides training, advice and support on gold and green open access publishing, including depositing accepted manuscripts in PURE, the University’s institutional repository, and its public-facing portal, Explore Bristol Research.

Within this team, a dedicated Research Data Service provides researchers with training, advice and support on how to plan, manage and share research data through data.bris, the University’s Research Data Repository.

Open Research Resources (internal only)

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