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 research primer

This video, created by Dr Jim Uttley in the Faculty of Social Sciences, provides an accessible introduction to the principles and practices of open research:

Open Research primer video

FAIR guidance resource

Information and practical guidance on how you can apply the FAIR principles to your research data and outputs. This resource is split by the different stages of a research project, but also has bespoke advice depending on the type of data you are handling.

Access the FAIR resource

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

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

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 resources

View recordings and materials from OpenFest, our flagship celebration of all things open research at Sheffield:

View OpenFest 2023 recordings (scroll to the bottom of the page to view)

Browse OpenFest 2022 resources (Student or staff login required)

Open Educational Resources support

Learn more about the University's support for the development and use of open educational resources here. You can also directly access the White Rose Open Educational Resources Toolkit, a guidance tool which provides more information about using, adapting, creating and licensing OER, on this link.

Data visualization hub

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

Data visualization hub

How to share... series

A series of short talks providing first hand insight and guidance around how to get the most out of sharing your data, organised by data type.

Find out more

Additional internal and external resources

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

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.