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Empower and enhance transparency across the research ecosystem. Cultivate a knowledge sharing environment and provide robust support to researchers in light of funder mandates

Digital Science Open Principles

At Digital Science, our vision is of a trusted collaborative research ecosystem that drives progress for all. In support of this, and our commitment to align more closely with the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information, we are proud to introduce Digital Science’s Open Principles – an initiative which commits our research information solutions to open science now and into the future.

  1. Community ownership: we believe that research outcomes are owned by the global community and should be available to all
  2. Participating in open infrastructure: we commit to support the use of open standards and to build, contribute to, and extend open infrastructures
  3. Stakeholders’ primacy: we believe that stakeholder benefits should be at the forefront
  4. Establishing trust: we believe that a trusted stakeholder in the research ecosystem must be responsible, transparent and sustainable.

See our Open Principles to find out more about Digital Science’s commitment to opening up research for everyone.

It’s my hope that our new Open Principles will help reflect to the research community just how important we feel open research is in creating benefits for society. These are not just internal principles, they represent our broader commitment to the entire research ecosystem

Mark Hahnel I VP Open Research | Digital Science

How can I best support faculty in navigating the open research landscape?

In The State of Open Data 2023 report, nearly three-quarters of researchers said they had never received support for making their data openly available.

Maturing your research management infrastructure and support offerings is crucial to effectively support your research community with growing funder and publisher requirements for open research. 
Figshare repository infrastructure and Symplectic Elements work together to provide a holistic research management solution; reducing administrative burden, creating efficiencies for your team and offering best-in-class research management systems for your researchers and faculty.

How can I streamline our open research workflows and facilitate collaboration?

Support a more open and comprehensive research management solution. Implement a research management process to share, showcase and manage all institutional research outputs in one place.

Reduce the administrative burden of research information management, by ingesting data from a wide range of sources to build a truly comprehensive picture of institutional data.

How can I increase transparency and help raise the level of reproducibility?

Provide trusted repository infrastructure that enables research to be as open and discoverable as possible. Complete with altmetrics and citation data, researchers can get credit for all of their research outputs.

Make your researchers and their expertise as discoverable as possible by repurposing research information data to populate fully-rounded profiles including biographical information as well as publications, grants and professional & teaching activities. To help your research go even further, you can also provide profile visitors with direct links to open access copies of your publications.

Digital Science Case Study: Francis Crick Institute

Discover how The Francis Crick Institute is using the technology of Symplectic and Figshare to empower its researchers to have richer research profiles and to make it easier for them to publish their papers and data Open Access.

How can I support researchers to comply with Open Research mandates?

As policy requirements for open research from publishers and funders grow, support your researchers with the complexities of compliance. 

Implement reliable repository infrastructure that meets the growing demands for all aspects of research to become open, FAIRer, faster, freer and more connected.

How can I help build trust in research?

For those involved in research communications, the integrity and trustworthiness of research are as important as the attention and citations it receives. Dimensions’ Trust Markers can help you to assess the transparency and reproducibility of published research. Not only that, but Dimensions interconnected research data provides you peace of mind and results you can trust thanks to a 360 view of the research ecosystem.

How can I analyze the impact of Open Access?

Open Access is an integral part of the journey to a more collaborative research environment. 

Dimensions’ rich data and analytical capabilities provides multiple filters to easily display results which are Open Access. With over 48 million Open Access (OA) records, including publications, preprints, open monographs, chapters, and books. You can understand the impact of Open Access quickly and easily.

You can use this data to assess your university’s status with OA publishing and evaluate new strategic initiatives.

If we’re going to have a conversation with a publisher, I can jump quickly into Dimensions and see exactly what Iowa State is doing with that publisher, what journals our faculty are publishing in and so on, because they would be the key stakeholders for that particular agreement.

Curtis Brundy | Iowa State University

Hear how Iowa State University uses Dimensions to help move towards Open Access

Partnering with the community

For more than a decade we have been partnering with the research community in support of open research and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community.

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Figshare launch


DataCite board


Figshare partnership with ORCiD


Digital Science becomes one of four founding partners of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI)


Figshare participation in Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI)


Mark Hahnel announced as Digital Science’s VP Open Research


Digital Science adopts Open Principles

I want to celebrate cost-effective and equitable open access and learn how to ensure trustworthy dissemination of academic research in a post-AI world. I look forward to collaborating with everyone driving academia and humanity forward further, and faster through open research.

Mark Hahnel | VP Open Research and Founder of Figshare | Digital Science

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