How good scientific practice functions with Open Science

Es sind zwei motivierende Forschende zu sehen, die an Rechnern arbeiten.The Open Economics Guide is the central point of reference for researchers from the field of economics and business studies on the topic of Open Science. Practicing open research means basing one’s research on best practice procedures for scientific work and following good scientific practice. It enables higher quality, greater reliability and credibility, fairness and an increase of efficiency for scientific work. It can create new impetus for research and knowledge exchange, both within science as well as for the economy and society. The individual advantages that Open Science provides include greater visibility of scientific work as well as a greater impact in research and society.

Open Science thereby leads to a number of improvements for individual researchers, the entire science system and society at large. In this guide, you can discover how openness can also enrich your research as an economic scientist. You will receive here an overview of the tools that make your work easier and receive support as well as useful tips to design your research so that it is open and to profit from the advantages.

 

Quick guides, tool library and knowledge base

The Open Economics Guide provides you with an overview of Open Science, practice-based orientation and guides including:

  • an easy-to-understand quick guide to Open Science topics (Open Science, Open Access, Open Data and Open Tools).
  • a comprehensive tool library that focuses on the phases of the scientific workflow.
  • a growing knowledge base with comprehensive background information and practical tips for how to proceed.
  • a clearly written glossary that can answer your questions on the meaning of the most important terms relating to open research.
The contents of the Open Science Guide

The ZBW supports research economists and makes Open Science easier 

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest research infrastructure for economics literature and has a cross-regional mandate. It supports economics and business studies researchers and students online and offline in their learning, research and publication process, in which the services are based on the newest findings from application-based research in IT and related disciplines.


The ZBW is very engaged in the field of Open Science. Its aim is to strengthen the commercial independence and excellence of science, and enable easy, fast access to scientific results, publications and data. For this purpose, the ZBW is developing, among other things, new programmes that correspond to the Open Science ideal or to achieving it, by making access easier and breaking down barriers. At the same time the ZBW is engaged in scientific policy at the national and international level, working towards the implementation of Open Science and carrying out research into this field. If you would like to know more about this, then take a look at the Open Science Magazine of the ZBW, in which new perspectives, articles, podcasts and useful worksheets are waiting for you each month.

Focus and thematic layout of the guide

The Open Economics Guide is being continually expanded and in the opening phase focuses on the topics of Open Science in general, Open Access and Open Data. Further focus points are gradually being added: These include Open Source, Open Methodology, Open (Peer) Review and Open Educational Resources (OER).

The content of the guide is partly focused on the German-speaking countries, for example when the topic is funding conditions. Nevertheless, the majority of the content is also interesting for international readers.

If you have any questions on Open Science, suggestions for our guide or tips for further (international) content, we would be delighted to receive a message from you!

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