Open Access Week 2022: Open Access and Practice Based Research

Today’s post focuses on how practice-based research may benefit from being made more effectively shared. At Westminster we have prioritised improving our institutional repository (WestminsterResearch) to better support non-text based (also known as non-traditional) output types.See article : Evans, Jenny, Nina Watts, Taylor Mudd, and Tom Renner. 2022. “From Legacy to Next Generation: A Story …

Open Access Week 2022: How do we keep the open science momentum going?

This is a guest blog post from Dr Sam Westwood, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster. Sam founded and runs the RIOT Science Club (https://riotscience.co.uk/), a forum where researchers can learn about Open Research reforms and practices. The RIOT Science club aims to foster Reproducible, Interpretable, Open & Transparent Science. Sam also runs ReproducibiliTea …

Open Access Week 2022: How to be an Open Researcher

Today we have a guest blog from Ka-Ming Pang, Academic Engagement Librarian (Computer Science and Engineering) at the University of Westminster. Ka-Ming highlights some key tips and takeaways from an event run in collaboration with the Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environnment Research Community on “Becoming an Open Researcher”. In the two decades since the …

Open Access Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice

International Open Access Week (October 24-30) is a time to advocate for openness as the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. This year’s theme is “Open for Climate Justice” and seeks to raise awareness around how open enables climate justice. Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgement …

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What are Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and how can you use them?

In our final blog post to mark International Open Access Week 2021, we aim to explain what is mean by Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), why they are important, and how you can use them as a researcher to ensure your research is better indexed and identified to you as the creator.  We expand upon the introduction to …

How to license your research data

Research funding bodies, institutions, and publishers are increasingly encouraging or mandating that the research data underpinning your research outputs are also published and made available for validation and re-use by others. Applying a licence to your research data enables you to establish copyright and set out how and in what circumstances your research data can …

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Advanced Portfolios in WestminsterResearch

Continuing our series of daily blog posts to mark International Open Access Week 2021, we wish to let you know of the exciting improvements to our repository that will allow all researchers, not just those who carry out practice based research, to create over-arching portfolios or collection records, to group and promote your research. We have …

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UKRI New Open Access Policy

UKRI Guidance for Authors UPDATED 28 MARCH 2022 – policy changes for journal articles apply to all articles submitted for publication from 1st April 2022 onwards. The largest change you will notice in the UKRI’s new Open Access is that it will eventually apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections, as well as journal articles. …

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What is Open Research?

In the first of our series of daily blog posts to mark International Open Access Week 2021, we’re highlighting the tools, support, and infrastructure available at Westminster to support Open Research beyond open access to scholarly publications. Open Research (or, Open Science) looks different for each discipline, but it extends the principle of open access …