12 Gifts from Open Research at AU

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On the FIRST day of Christmas Open Research gave to me a Research Publications Policy

This policy will come into effect in May 2023 and has the concept of rights retention at its heart. In accordance with Aberdeen’s Intellectual Property Policy, researchers will retain the copyright over their research publications

On the SECOND Day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Two twitter platforms and a Research Publications Policy

Twitter logo wearing a Santa hat

We now have an Open Research twitter account @OpenResearchUoA, with over 300 followers. AUP have also recently launched a twitter account, @AbdnUniPress tapping into an active online University Press community.

On the THIRD day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a Research Publications Policy.

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Open Research are planning a new series of training sessions starting in the New Year, in Open access, Open Data and Metrics

On the FOURTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Red logo with a tick with the word licensed

To make your research open, always try to publish CCBY for publications and CC0 for data. The MIT license can be useful if you’re happy to make your code openly available and GNU licenses can be used if you need to retain more control over open code. We are planning training sessions on this in the New Year too.

On the FIFTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS ! four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Shooting star animation

In October this year we held five days of events to celebrate International Open Access Week. These included speaker events, a roundtable, the launch of AUP and drop-in information sessions. The week was a success, and we would love to do something similar in 2023. View the slides and recordings from OA week here:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/international-open-access-week.php

On the SIXTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me, Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Illustrations in black and white of our Open Research Team . There is some holly in red and green at the top to make it festive.

The six awesome Open Research and AUP team members

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

During our events week we worked with seven super AU teams to offer researchers a one-stop information shop

On the EIGHTH day of Christmas, Open Research gave to me, Octopus primary research record (eight legs!), Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Octopus logo with an animated Octopus on the right with a turquoise background. Text reads: Octopus. all of science in one place

Octopus is a way to publish and register a version of your research, allowing others to build on your work and encourage peer review. Octopus plan to roll out more information in 2023

On the NINTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

  1. Publish OA, 2. Use a pre-print server 3. Share your data in a repository 4. Make your data FAIR 5. Publish your methods 6. Publish your code 7. Engage with open-peer review 8. Join an OR community or working group 9. Pre-register your research on OSF.

On the TENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me 10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

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Watch this space… we hope to be back with more engagement events in 2023

On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Eleven amazing speakers, 10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Thankyou to Cameron Neylon, Stephen Curry, Josh Sendall, Chris Jackson, Clare Bond, Paula Vega, Paula Masuzzo, Mark Hahnel, Ian Watt, Jess Butler and  Hazel Hay for contributing to UoA Open Access Week.

On the TWELFTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Twelve metric indexes Eleven amazing speakers,10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

We have created lots of information on our website explaining how metric indexes can be used. Bibliometric measures | Library | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk) They must always be used in the correct context as article and author metrics can be misleading if used out of context.

by Lesley Macrae

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