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UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship

The UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship supports the UCL community in the adoption of Open practices and approaches.

Importance of Open Science during Covid-19

Dr Paul Ayris, UCL Pro Vice Provost and Director of Library Services, explains UCL's position on supporting Open Science/Scholarship and research transparency in the context of Covid-19.

Why adopt Open Science practices?

  • It maximises the potential of research and education outputs by allowing researchers to reuse and repurpose outputs in novel and innovative ways.
  • Gives greater accessibility and transparency of the research process.
  • Allows replication and verification of research findings which can also lead to more collaboration.
  • Opens the academic environment to members of the public – their knowledge and insights are invaluable to informing the research process.

As a researcher, what can I do?

In adopting Open Science practices, researchers are encouraged to:

  • Make data linked to your research findings as open as possible to enable others to verify and replicate your conclusions
  • Make any software or code you use available to aid others in reproducing your research
  • Use persistent unique identifiers. Get an ORCID for yourself, and use DOIs to identify your outputs
  • Consider applying a reuse license to your research and education outputs.

How is UCL supporting Open Science and Scholarship?