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Open Research Working Group

The rapidly evolving open research environment presents challenges and opportunities to the University and all our researchers, and requires strategic and coordinated oversight. The Open Research Working Group (ORWG) brings together influential researchers, relevant professional service units (Library, Research and Innovation Services) and the Principal's Office to consider the University’s approach and policies relating to open research, ensuring benefit to our researchers, the University and the wider community, as well as delivering funder requirements.

The group is chaired by the Vice-Principal (Collections, Music and Digital Content) and reports to the Research, Impact and Innovation Committee which is chaired by the VP (Research and Innovation). Membership of ORWG includes 8-12 academic representatives and the group meets three times each year.

For further details of the ORWG remit and membership see: ORWG Terms of Reference (PDF, 155 KB)

The group maintains an Open Research Roadmap with themes of

  • open research results and practice
  • responsible use of research metrics
  • citizen science.

The roadmap monitors progress against our targets including those for open access publications and open data, compliance with funder policies, uptake of ORCID, awareness of open software and developments in OA monographs.

Sub-groups for operational matters include the Research Data Management Advisory Group and Responsible Metrics Implementation Group. You can find further information on our web pages about Research Data Management and Open Access support

Related Open Research policies

If you have any suggestions or issues relating to open research policies that you think the group should discuss, you can contact:

Jackie Proven, Head of Open Research: open-research@st-andrews.ac.uk