Open Science 101

Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data, and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society. Practicing open science means practicing research in a way that enables others to collaborate and contribute, and ensuring that research data, lab notebooks, research processes, and published results are properly documented and openly shared to enable reuse, redistribution, and reproduction.

Below we provide key resources in four fundamental areas of open science, with a particular emphasis on resources relevant to the UCSF community. This content is built from the Library’s Open Science 101 class.

Need a handy tool that summarizes many open science practices? The Open Science Team Agreement is designed to introduce new open science practices to a lab or team.

Open Access

Open access (OA) is a publishing model whereby scholarly journals, articles, and books are published online with no access restrictions immediately upon publication, and with little to no restrictions on reuse of the material. See What is Open Access?

Open Data

Open data is the practice of sharing the research data underlying the findings of your publications in a public data repository.

Open Methods

Open methods is the practice of sharing your research methods on open platforms to improve reproducibility, share knowledge, and get credit.

Open Code

Open code is the practice of making your software code openly available to improve transparency and re-use

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