#VitaeChat: Open Research – What researchers need to know

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‘An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet…

Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge. Budapest Open Access Initiative 2002

Open research is becoming increasingly important as researchers need to comply with institutional or funder requirements and in order to keep in line with accepted practice.

The open researcher needs to be equipped with a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges raised by open research; be skilled in finding and using data generated by others; and understand the legal and ethical requirements relating to their own research outputs.

In this #Vitaechat, we will unravel, share and discuss the many questions surrounding the largely untrodden path of open research. Our moderator, Dr Katie Wheat will be joined by a panel of experts to help understand:

  • What open research means and why it is important?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of open research?
  • How can researchers start using open research practices?
  • How can researchers publish openly?
  • How can open research help a researcher’s career?
  • How can reputation and reward work for individuals in an open research environment?

What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 12pm (UK time) on Thursday 29 November 2018
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Latest” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator will post a series of discussion questions from the @vitae_news account
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to:

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge


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