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The University of Arizona

Open Access

A Guide for COM=P

"Open science is the practice of making everything in the discovery process fully and openly available, creating transparency, and driving...discovery by allowing others to build on existing work..." - Watson, 2016

Open Science Basics

What is Open Science?

Open science is practicing science in a way that prioritizes the ability of others to contribute to and reuse scientific work. Open science relies on making the research process as freely available and reusable as possible. This includes sharing articles with open access, depositing research data in open repositories, using open source software, using citizen science, using and creating open educational resources, participating in open peer review, and more. Open science is about creating a scientific culture of collaboration, and has the potential to make science more inclusive to those who have faced barriers to research access, both in the public and within academia.

Benefits of Open Science

Open science has many beneifts to both researchers and society at large. These include:

  • More citations and media coverage for OA pubished work
  • Open and transparent peer review processes
  • Retaining author rights for published work
  • Greater research reproducibility
  • Accelerated research discovery


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