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Open Research

Introduces the open research movement, and goes into more detail about different aspects of this movement, including open access.

YUFERING and Full Open Science (FOS)

The University of Essex is a proud member of the YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) Alliance, and is an active member of YUFERING (YUFE Transforming Research and Innovation through Europe-wide Knowledge Transfer), which is a Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to improve and harmonise the conditions for Research and Innovation in Europe. This project aims to pave the way for the YUFE alliance to collectively challenge and change research culture, and has set out seven key objectives. One of these objectives is to make Open Science the "new normal", which is an important part of opening up to a more transparent, fair and inclusive research environment. 

The University of Essex therefore engages with Open Science tasks within the YUFERING project, and one of these tasks includes encouraging researchers to fully adopt Open Science practices throughout their research lifecycle. In order to support researchers in doing this, the FOS (Full Open Science) pilot project was launched, with a call for researchers to embrace open practices. See below for more details about this pilot project. 

Full Open Science call

The call is currently open.

You can apply now until May 2023 to become a FOS (Full Open Science) research team by filling out an application form to tell us more about your research team. See more details about the call below.

Apply here

The Full Open Science (FOS) pilot project at YUFE aims to promote Open Science as a “cultural change” in the partner institutions. The goal of the call is to encourage at least 30 Research Teams to commit to open access publications, open FAIR research data, citizen science, etc. Research Teams will need to achieve results during the period stated by the call in order to get a FOS label. 

This label will empower the teams as role-models and ambassadors within their institutions and therefore to foster Open Science among their colleagues. The participating researchers will benefit from an enhanced academic visibility as well as extra support by the university in unlocking their research outputs. The label will also strengthen their commitment with Open Science when participating in project calls for proposals.

At the University of Essex, we can offer support to those Research Teams who would like to become a FOS (Full Open Science) team, so you do not need to meet all requirements when you apply. However, it is expected that you meet the criteria by the end of the open call (31st May 2023).

If you have any questions before you apply on behalf of your team you can email us anytime at


Within the YUFE Open Science Strategy, the FOS Call will contribute: 

  • To foster a hands-on Open Science approach by researchers.
  • To increase the number of publications, data and educational resources in open access, as well as to promote practices of community engagement and outreach.
  • To liaise researchers with libraries and Open Science infrastructures at YUFE universities.
  • To get researchers engaged by strengthening the commitment to Open Science of the team (i.e. for project calls).

Research Teams

For this project, a research team is a group of at least 3 researchers from the University of Essex, who collaborate and publish in one research area. Though students can be members of the research team, there needs to be at least one member of staff on the team to qualify the group to apply to become a Full Open Science research team.

Requirements and criteria

Outputs and basic requirements will be reviewed by the Scholarly Communications and Research Support team and yourself to establish if they meet the criteria for the call. All outputs (for example data, publications, code) must be published from 2019 to 2021. 

To become a FOS Research Team, it is necessary to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Compulsory (C): 2 out of 2
  • Optional (O): 3 out of 12





Basic requirements

1. Author persistent ID: ORCID


All the researchers of the team have an ORCID


2. PhD Theses in Open Access


At least 70% of the PhD researchers of the team have their thesis in open access


3. Using open licenses


All the researchers of the team use open licenses in at least 50% of 4, 5, 8 or 10

Open publishing

4. Publications: available in open access


At least 60% of the publications of the team are available in open access

Open data

5. Research data: available in open access


100% of the research data metadata available in open access

At least 50% of the research data are available in open access


6. Following FAIR data principles


At least 80% of the research data in 5 comply with the FAIR Data Principles

Open research process

7. Pre-registrations


50% of the researchers of the team have at least one research study. This can be prior to, or during the FOS project


8. Open notebooks/software/code


50% of the researchers of the team have at least 1 open notebook/software/code


9. Open peer review


At least 50% of the researchers participate in open peer review processes (as author or reviewer)


10. Sharing Open Educational Resources (OER)


At least 50% of the researchers have at least 1 OER available in open access

Community engagement and outreach

11. Contributing to OS dissemination through events, training activities, social networks.


At least 1 researcher within the team has at least 1 dissemination activity. This can be prior to, or during the FOS project


12. Citizen Science initiatives


At least 50% of the team is involved in 1 Citizen Science initiative, or applying some CS methodology in their projects. This can be prior to, or during the FOS project

Support and training

In order to unlock their scholarly outputs and therefore to meet the criteria of the call, Research Teams willing to become FOS Research Teams will be supported by their university on topics like..

  • Open Science: concepts, principles and policies
  • Depositing in repositories and open access platforms.
  • Advice on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright.

Please get in touch by emailing if you have any questions about training and support during the call. 

How to apply

Research Teams interested in participating in the call need to fill out the following form. This form will give us an overview of you and your team, and who to get in touch with. The leader of the Research Team will act as main contact for any development related to the call. Please fill out the form so the support team understands what training or help you might need to achieve this. It is not expected that your Research Team will comply will all requirements at this point.

Results, assessment, and FOS label

The institution will monitor how the Research Teams achieve the goals of the call by meeting the criteria needed to get the FOS label. Once a Research Team is eligible to get the label, the institution will be able to grant it even though this is achieved before 31 May 2023.

Full Open Science label achievements

Congratulations to Dr. Osama Mahmoud, Prof. Berthold Lausen, and Dr. Andrew Harrison for achieving the Full Open Science label.

This research team from the Departmental of Mathematical Sciences achieved the following:

  • All researchers of the team have an ORCID
  • At least 70% of the team have their PhD thesis in open access
  • All of the researchers of the team use open licences in at least 50% of their publications
  • At least 60% of the publications of the team are available open access
  • At least 1 member of the team has at least 1 dissemination activity