Open Research: practices, experiences, barriers and opportunities

Van den Eynden, Veerle and Knight, Gareth and Vlad, Anca (2016). Open Research: practices, experiences, barriers and opportunities. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852494

A study investigating the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open science, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science; and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers. For the purpose of this study “open science” is defined as the sharing and reuse of research outputs, in particular research data, articles and code. We will examine the sharing and reuse of these three categories of outputs separately. Through a mixed approach of an online survey and focus group discussions with researchers, we will investigate: (1) attitudes of researchers to the idea of open science, in particular sharing of data, sharing of code, sharing of papers and new models of publishing; (2) current open science practices applied by researchers; (3)barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science in their research; (4) researcher-focused incentives and motivators for practising open science; (4) practical actions research funders can take to remove or mitigate barriers and maximise the opportunities for practising open science. The research will specifically target researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council, and will provide essential baseline information for the Wellcome Trust to inform their open science strategy.

Data description (abstract)

Survey data and focus group discussions from a study carried out in 2016, investigating researchers’ attitudes and behaviour towards open research, examining the sharing and reuse of research data, code, and open access publications. This research was carried out amongst researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Two online surveys gathered responses from 583 Wellcome Trust-funded researchers and 259 ESRC-funded researchers. Both surveys provided very detailed and granular quantifiable information to test existing perceptions and knowledge about these topics for a specific research community. Five focus group discussions with 22 participants explored the various topics in more detail.

Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Van den Eynden, Data Archive
Knight, GarethUnspecifiedLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Unspecified
Vlad, AncaUnspecifiedUK Data ArchiveUnspecified
Research funders: Wellcome Trust
Topic classification: Science and technology
Keywords: research, attitudes, practices, data sharing, code sharing
Project title: Researcher attitudes and practices to Open Science and how to overcome barriers
Grant holders: Veerle Van den Eynden
Project dates:
12 June 20166 October 2016
Date published: 26 Oct 2016 09:43
Last modified: 07 Feb 2018 13:58

Available Files




data downloads and page views since this item was published

View more statistics


Edit item (login required)

View data collection View data collection