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Open Research seminar: Cancer Research UK’s Registered Reports Funding Partnership: lessons to improve research quality, transparency and reproducibility

THURSDAY JULY 18, 2024. 12:00–13:00 BST
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This online seminar will introduce Registered Reports and a new pathway being piloted at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to submit Registered Reports to journals for peer review, alongside the grant application and review process. CRUK’s unique pilot is being performed in consortium with 12 journals and the University of Bristol.

Attendees will gain an understanding of Registered Reports, the rationale for CRUK’s pilot, how the Registered Reports Funding Partnership pathway works and the process for preparing a report for publication. The seminar will share different consortium partner perspectives and requirements – from a publisher, a funder and an academic institution – and highlight insights, feedback from researchers about opting-into to the pilot, advice on putting together a report and how to avoid common pitfalls.

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A member of the AMIS Hub research team interviewing a local resident

Open Research seminar: Qualitative Data Presentation, Secondary Analysis and Ethics

THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2024. 12:00 - 13:00 BST

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Qualitative research can provide a rich understanding of people’s lived experience that goes beyond what is possible through quantitative approaches. However, the sharing of complex qualitative outputs in a form that maintains research context and protects participant confidentiality remains a challenge for many research studies.

In this seminar, Kahryn Hughes, Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, will consider the key ethical challenges for the reuse and sharing of qualitative research data. She will highlight the ethical value of qualitative data preservation and archiving, as part of a broader ethical temporal sensibility towards social research data and integrity. She explores the rise of qualitative data re-use in the context of the ‘data turn’ and explores how the qualities of qualitative data present distinctive challenges for and within the global drift towards open science and open access. With particular attention to questions of how and why ethical concerns may change over time, she explores what the implications of qualitative data re-use might be for current research practice. In so doing, she explains how social and qualitative researchers can achieve good practice by attending to questions of data integrity and legacy. She will signpost to relevant resources to support good practice in the preparation and organisation of qualitative datasets for the purposes of reuse.

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Quick Guides to Open Research Activities

Open Research Services have produced a series of PDF guides to five main areas of Open Research:

Pre Registration and registered reports

Data Verification

Open Code and software


Citizen Science

These provide an overview of each activity. The LAORS is planning a series of introductory training sessions which will…

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Open Access publication

Open Research seminar series: Open publishing and peer review with Wellcome Open Research

Thu, May 23, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BST.

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This online seminar will introduce the open publishing and peer review model used by Wellcome Open Research, alongside other F1000-supported platforms, such as Gates Open Research, Open Research Europe, NIHR Open Research and F1000Research.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the publication requirements for Wellcome Open Research, and the workflows for submission, revision, and post-publication open peer review. It will provide advice for authors on how to address challenges in open access publication, and engage with the revision and peer review process that follows.

The seminar will also highlight several emerging trends in open publishing and research, including the use of pre-print servers, and the newly announced verified pre-print platform, VeriXiv – a partnership between F1000 and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Research Online revealed: an in-depth look at repository usage

The LSHTM research repository, ‘Research Online’, currently contains 61,867 items, which were downloaded over 55,000 times in 2022-2023. But have you ever wondered exactly who is actually using it?

Well, look no further! We’ve broken down the numbers for an in-depth look at exactly what…

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Open Access Mythbusters

OA Mythbusters is a fantastic short video series from the Open Access Books Network (OABN) community. Each video clip, lasting no more than 8 minutes, seeks to dispel common myths surrounding the publishing of open access books.

Episodes released cover false beliefs about issues with third-party material, not having…

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P-hacking and how to prevent it.

P-Hacking or data dredging is the practice of analyzing data until you find the results needed to back up your hypothesis.  However, in many cases this practice is unintentional and researchers follow the P-hacking route without fully realizing they are doing it.

The scientific method is built…

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Welcome to our open research feed

All sorts of things can happen when you’re open to new ideas and playing around with things Stephanie Kwolek

This is a ‘new’ blog focussing on all things Open Research.  The blog started on SharePoint for an internal LSHTM audience but has moved over to it’s more…

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