The UK Data Service has secured a grant to investigate the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open research, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open research; and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers. Open research, for this study, is understood to be the sharing and reuse of research outputs, in particular research data, articles and code. Through a mixed approach, an online survey and focus group discussions with researchers, will investigate:
- attitudes of researchers to the idea of open research, in particular sharing of data, sharing of code, sharing of papers and new models of publishing
- current open research practices applied by researchers
- barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open research in their research
- researcher-focused incentives and motivators for practising open research
- practical actions research funders can take to remove or mitigate barriers and maximise the opportunities for practising open research
The project will specifically target researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council and will provide essential baseline information for the Wellcome Trust to inform their open research strategy and compliments the recent launch of Wellcome Open Research, a platform for open publishing of research outputs. The project will run until late September and will produce a published report with presentations to follow. The Service plans to publish a paper based on the findings in autumn 2016.