Beginning the process of adopting open research practices can be daunting. Below, you can find a number of resources that might help, providing useful examples and guidance to make your own research practice more open and impactful.

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Key resources

Open Access glossary

Confused about terms like APCs, DOIs, gold and green OA, transitional agreements and transformative journals? This resource guides you through the minefield of terminology around OA.

Browse the Open Access glossary

Open Research case studies

Case studies of researchers at the University who have used open research techniques in previous projects - learn more about how they went about this and what some of the benefits were.

Read Open Research case studies

FAIR data and software case studies

A collection of video case studies of researchers across the University whose work illustrates good practice on FAIR and open data and software. Get some ideas to inspire your own explorations of FAIR practice!

Read FAIR data and software case studies

Short video guides to research data management

Access short videos from the Library on aspects of research data management, including archiving, preserving and sharing data.

Watch short video guides to research data management

OpenFest 2022 resources

View videos and slides from OpenFest 2022, our flagship celebration of all things open research at Sheffield - featuring OA monographs, FAIR data and software, open qualitative research, OER toolkit launch, software licensing, ‘Unleash Your Data and Software’ showcase and more. Hear about a range of fellow researchers’ experiences of using open research practices in their work.

Browse OpenFest 2022 resources (Student or staff login required)

Data visualization hub

Information, resources and ways to connect with the data visualization community at the University.

Data visualization hub

Departmental FAIR checklists

The outputs of a pilot project to develop discipline-specific guidance on how to make research data and software FAIR, this includes checklists produced for Mechanical Engineering, Biosciences, Geography, English and Architecture.

Departmental FAIR checklists

Additional internal and external resources

We’ve collated some useful resources in the Open Research Training Portal.

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.