Welcome to Your Journey to Open Science!

Each researcher’s experience with Open Science is unique. However, one thing is true for everyone: making your research process and outputs more open helps make scientific knowledge openly available, accessible, and reusable for everyone, to help increase scientific collaboration, creation, evaluation, and communication. To get you started on your journey towards Open Science, we have prepared a set of checklists and guidelines for you as a researcher and for your research team.

You, the researcher

– These resources will help you get recognition for your work and make sure your work, and your profile, are visible and discoverable.

Your Research Team or Lab

– This guidance will help you and your team learn to work openly and collaboratively.

Take the first steps on your journey to Open Science

1. Your Digital Presence

Connect your research to your data, software, institution, and more!

As a researcher you have control over how you are represented digitally. Managing your digital profile can help optimize your digital presence, increase the visibility of your work and scientific contributions, connect with potential collaborators and partners, and receive credit when others use your work. We call this “Your Digital Presence”!

Use this checklist and short video for guidance on managing Your Digital Presence.

2. Data Documentation and Citation Checklist

Share the data that supports your research with an Availability Statement and proper citation in the References Section.

The data you create for your research is a valuable contribution to the scientific record. It is important to plan the creation, management, storage, and preservation needed to share your data so this contribution can be recognized.

Use this Data Documentation and Citation Checklist to improve your data management and sharing practices. DOI

3. Software Documentation and Citation Checklist

Share the software that supports your research with an Availability Statement and proper citation in the References Section.

The software you develop for your research is a valuable contribution to the scientific record. It is important to plan the version control, management, storage, and preservation needed to share your software so your contribution can be recognized and built on.

Use this Software Documentation and Citation Checklist to improve your software management and sharing practices. DOI

Discover steps for your team to take as they move towards working openly

4. Open Science Practices for Teams

Prepare Your Team for Open Science.

Help your lab or research team take the initial steps towards Open Science by developing and incorporating Open Science practices in your research workflow. Improve your team’s data and software management practices and learn preservation best practices.

Use these guidelines: Open Science Practices for Teams DOI

5. Open Science Resources and Guidance for Teams

Equip Your Team for Open Science.

Practicing transparency and openness allows research teams and collaborators to work together efficiently and effectively, enhancing the research workflow. Open Science practices can help teams to work together smoothly, even when they’re not in the same room. Ensure your team has access to common resources and guidelines that support collaboration, transparency, and openness.

Use these guidelines: Open Science Resources and Guidance for Teams DOI

6. Digital Objects Open Science Checklist for Teams

Develop a Team Preservation Process.

Developing a preservation plan for your research team will help ensure your research is always documented, data is backed up, and results are reproducible, even as the team changes. Use this checklist to ensure all digital objects created or used by the team are fully documented, preserved for the long-term, and made openly accessible to the team.

Use these guidelines: Digital Objects Open Science Checklist for Teams DOI

Developed by the PARSEC Project Team

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Funding

This work is part of the Building New Tools for Data Sharing and Re-use through a Transnational Investigation of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Protected Areas (PARSEC) project with funding provided by the Belmont Forum through the National Science Foundation, NSF, Grant 1929464, (US), Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR (France), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP (Brazil), and Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST (Japan).