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Open Access: a guide for researchers

MÓR- Maynooth Open Research

A guide for Academics interested in Open Access and identifying how to make their research available via Open Access

MÓR - Maynooth Open Research

We are a peer-lead network in Maynooth University. Our aim is to promote open research practices, with a view to enhancing research integrity, and improve the quality (rigour, reproducibility, replicability) of published research.  

We meet informally and discuss how open research principles can be implemented effectively, to improve research transparency across different disciplines 

We encourage awareness of Open Research ideas and training opportunities. We believe that open research is suitable for any career stage, from early-career researchers to senior academics. 

We promote the use of open research and research integrity within the teaching curriculum as part of an agenda for supporting students' critical thinking. We want to grow students awareness of the range of relevant topics and methods, and embed their understanding within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The use of open science covers the spectrum from reproducibility issues, data management practices, open data and the impact of statistical and analytic procedures on likely outcomes.  

We also encourage innovation and IT support that can facilitate student and staff appreciation of open research. We promote the use of open-source software for conducting experiments and performing data analysis where practical and feasible 

We advocate for the more widespread embracing of open research, and look to celebrate positive examples of open research among students, staff and potential employment recruits. Members of MÓR have been involved in range of open research initiatives, including:  

  • open source code projects 

  • study preregistrations 

  • largescale multi-lab replication projects  

  • open-access publishing 

  • open data archiving 

We welcome opportunities from like-minded researchers to discuss where these and other initiatives might be productive. 

We encourage collaboration between colleagues across the University, and support institutional initiatives such as the library’s “Research Week” programme and their work on promoting Open Access, and Open Educational Resources.

We recognise other open research groups that share our enthusiasm, such as the Open Science and Scholarship Group in NUI Galway, and members of the UK Reproducibility Network. Likewise, we support initiatives such as the commitment to research transparency