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Author Guidelines

ThemeOpen Research as a Tool for Addressing Global Challenges 

Open Research (OR) cannot in itself solve any of the huge problems that face the world, but what role can it play in making our responses to them more effective, and in ensure that everyone is able to benefit from advances in research? That is the question we hope to address in this conference by bringing together researchers who apply OR principles to their work with those who would like to do so. 

This list of possible topics are simply suggestions and are not exhaustive: 

  • How can the adoption of Open Research practices help in the global battle against climate change, or in combatting future pandemics?  
  • Does OR have a role to play in improving equality and diversity within research? 
  • Can it support efforts to decolonise research and ensure equitable access to research outputs? 
  • How can we ensure that researchers at any stage in their career are recognised and rewarded for being open and transparent? 
  • How can we increase public participation in research? 
  • Who owns the data? Knowledge justice and data ownership in Citizen Science. 

As well as addressing the theme contributions should also be related to one or more of the following facets of Open Research 

  • Citizen Science, 
  • Research Integrity & Reproducibility, 
  • FAIR Data, 
  • Next Generation Metrics, 
  • Education and Skills 
  • The Future of Scholarly Communications 

Dates and Times  

Monday 15th May 1300 – 1700 – Workshops, in-person only 

Tuesday 16th May 0900 – 1700 – Conference, hybrid 

Wednesday 17th May 0900 – 1200 – Workshops, in-person only 


John McIntyre Conference Centre and online on the 16th 

Possible Contributions

  • Posters – should be supplied as both a printed and digital format, A0 portrait for printed and PDF/A format for digital. You may also wish to include a short talk (MP4 format, 3-5 minutes in length) that those viewing your poster online can listen to.  
  • Workshops - all workshops will take place on the 15th (PM) or 17th (AM) and will be open to in-person attendees only, they can be between 1 and 3 hours in length. Workshop facilitators will be expected to write a summary of the workshop to be published in the conference proceedings. 
  • Talks (15 minutes)  
  • Lightning talks (5 minutes)   
  • Research Cafe - 3 or 4 short talks on a specific theme followed by Q&A and discussion, 1 hour in duration 
  • Stalls - promote your Open Research service or tool during the poster sessions 

Registration will open in early April and like last year we are working hard to keep attendance at the conference free to all. 

How to Submit

For all contributions submit an abstract of maximum 500 words by Monday 27th March 2023.   

Ensure that you include the following information with your abstract: 

  1. Title as it will appear in the programme 
  1. Name(s) and Title(s) of all contributors 
  1. Type of Contribution 
  1. Duration 
  1. Preferred date (for workshops only) 

Proposals will be reviewed, and the event programme announced by Friday 14th April 2023.


Questions should be sent to Kerry Miller at: Kerry.miller@ed.ac.uk


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