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Open Research Award

Call for submissions

Join our event on 22 October
Join our event on 22 October
**Submission is closed.**

The University of Groningen Library (UB) and the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG) launch the annual Open Research Award. The award celebrates the many ways in which academics make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible.

We welcome the submission of case studies that reflect on the use of open research practices throughout the research cycle (e.g. choice of methodology, preregistration), for presenting research output (sharing data, code) and publishing the results (open access).

The case studies ideally explore the challenges and difficulties of making open choices as well as those that celebrate positive experiences and successful outcomes. We are looking for candid accounts of researchers’ motivations for making (or not making) open choices, which offer reasoned assessments of the pros and cons of being open, and are honest about where things didn’t work or could have been done differently.

Staff members and students can submit case studies. All submissions will be screened for eligibility by a jury. All eligible cases receive an Open Research Award certificate.

In addition, three eligible cases will be randomly drawn by the jury; each of which will receive 500 euros to be used for research material, travel costs etc. These three participants will also be invited to present their case studies as lightning talks during an online event on 22 October 2020.

The closing date for applications was 14 September 2020.

Submit individually or as a team

Submission is open to staff members, PhD students and (Research) Master’s students from all UG faculties and the UMCG, who may submit either as individuals or as teams. Application is by means of a case study describing how open practices have - successfully or unsuccessfully - been used in a research context.


Submitted entries will be screened for eligibility by a jury composed of UG and UMCG staff members. The jury then randomly draws three entries among the eligible submissions. The drawing of the three case studies takes place at the end of September and will be announced in advance.

These three participants will be notified by 1 October 2020 and invited to present their case studies as lightning talks during an online event on 22 October 2020.

All eligible case studies will be given public attention through the Open Science Blog.

Celebrate openness, reduce bias, avoid competition

The award is meant to highlight and acknowledge endeavours to apply open research practices and not to rank submissions in a competitive manner. A modified lottery system is used as it fits well with the 'open and fair' principles of the award. It is also expected to reduce bias, to increase diversity and to contribute to alleviate the competitive climate in academia.

More information
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This award is inspired by the Open Research Award organized by the University of Reading. Our award guidelines are an adaptation of their Open Research Award Guidelines. We are thankful to the Open Research Working Group at the University of Reading, and especially to Dr. Robert Darby, for their support and advice in developing the University of Groningen Open Research Award

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