How to Practice Open Science Yourself

To get started in Open Science, you only need to take small steps. You can actively practice Open Science yourself by considering which areas of your scientific work you could open up. Start with the simplest area.

Alternatively, you can take a look at the six main areas of Open Science and consider in which of these areas it would be particularly easy to get started in Open Science, and where it would be particularly useful:

  • Open Access: Publish research results in an open way, and make them usable and accessible for each person
  • Open Data: Make research data as public as possible and available for others to reuse
  • Open Educational Resources: Use free and open materials for education and in teaching, and make them available yourself
  • Open Methodology: Document the use of methods as well as the entire process behind them, if this is practicable and relevant
  • Open Source: Use open source technologies (hardware and software) and open up your own technologies
  • Open Peer Review: Transparent and replicable quality assurance through Open Peer Review



In Steal like a(n Open) Scientist the online science community architect Bruce Caron gives tips on getting started in Open Science.


Take a look at our tips in five steps for a quick and easy way to get started in Open Science.