Open research community

Although the uptake of open research practices is increasing, the skills required to make research more open will be new to many researchers, regardless of career stage. To facilitate and support this, the University has several community groups for researchers to get involved with.


Open Scholarship Community Sheffield (OSCS)

The Open Scholarship Community Sheffield (OSCS) is a new initiative launched in September 2023. The vision of OSCS is to be an inclusive, supportive, and active community for researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to interact, share knowledge, and encourage good working practices such that the values, transparency and culture of Open Research become the norm. 

The OSCS is part of the International Network of Open Science and Scholarship Communities (INOSC), which aims to normalise open research practices, creating space for peer-to-peer support which sits outside the formal structure of top-down policies. This will encourage collaboration between individuals, groups, institutions and organisations seeking to improve transparency and openness in academic research.

Register to join the Open Scholarship Community Sheffield hereYou can view current members of OSCS here.

Questions about the community? Contact the administrators using the webform here for more information. 


ReproducibiliTea is an award-winning journal club initiative aiming to build a community of people interested in open research. Topics vary from session to session, no specialist knowledge is required and all staff and students are welcome.

More information about our local group on Google Groups

Website for Sheffield ReproducibiliTea

Monthly open research drop-ins

These are held on campus on the first Tuesday of every month, and provide an opportunity to get together to chat with colleagues who are also interested in open research. Details can be found in the Sheffield research practice calendar (see below).

Open Research Working Group (ORWG)

The Open Research Working Group meets to discuss and make progress on issues surrounding open research at the University. It is open to all staff and students and is part of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN). For updates on the ORWG meetings and other open research info, please join the ORWG Google Group and visit the ORWG Google Site.

Sheffield research practice calendar

To help researchers keep track of events relating to open research, we created the Research Improvement Events Calendar. This includes internal and external, online, in-person and hybrid events and it can be added to your own calendar.

To have an event added to the calendar, please contact Adam Partridge (

Data visualization hub

Building community around data visualisation at the University of Sheffield.

Visit the data visualization hub

Sheffield useR group

Community for Sheffield R users - more details here.

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.