Towards a culture of open scholarship: the role of pedagogical communities

Flávio Azevedo, Meng Liu, Charlotte R. Pennington, Madeleine Pownall, Thomas Rhys Evans, Sam Parsons, Mahmoud Medhat Elsherif, Leticia Micheli, Samuel J. Westwood,

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The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has called for evidence on the roles that different stakeholders play in reproducibility and research integrity. Of central priority are proposals for improving research integrity and quality, as well as guidance and support for researchers. In response to this, we argue that there is one important component of research integrity that is often absent from discussion: the pedagogical consequences of how we teach, mentor, and supervise students through open scholarship. We justify the need to integrate open scholarship principles into research training within higher education and argue that pedagogical communities play a key role in fostering an inclusive culture of open scholarship. We illustrate these benefits by presenting the Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT), an international grassroots community whose goal is to provide support, resources, visibility, and advocacy for the adoption of principled, open teaching and mentoring practices, whilst generating conversations about the ethics and social impact of higher-education pedagogy. Representing a diverse group of early-career researchers and students across specialisms, we advocate for greater recognition of and support for pedagogical communities, and encourage all research stakeholders to engage with these communities to enable long-term, sustainable change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
Number of pages5
JournalBMC Research Notes
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2022

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  • open scholarship
  • open educational resources
  • open science
  • Open research
  • research integrity
  • reproducibility
  • parliament
  • UK higher education


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