Open research improves access, transparency and reproducibility, which provides benefits for researchers, research communities, research institutions, governments, industry, and society more generally.
Open access is one important piece in the open research puzzle. The benefits of open access are often summarised by the following graphic, created by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown.
Many of these benefits apply to other aspects of open research, too.
The benefits of open research are many and varied. The following section summarises the benefits for key stakeholders.
Open research benefits everyone - from individuals, to industry, to researchers and governments - in the following ways:
Open research has other benefits for different stakeholder groups, too. Expand the headings below to see what the benefits are for other groups.
Additional benefits for governments include:
Additional benefits for industry include:
Additional benefits for the research community include:
Additional benefits for research institutions include:
Additional benefits for researchers include:
The benefits of open research outlined on this page have been synthesised from a variety of sources, including the following websites:
Open research: What is open research? (n.d.). University of Exeter. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/openresearch/about/explained/
Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT). (2014, December). The open science and research handbook. Foster Open Science. https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/sites/default/files/pdf/3986.pdf
What is Open Research? (n.d.). University of Melbourne Library. https://library.unimelb.edu.au/open-scholarship/what-is-open-research
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