Our primer series is designed to introduce a broad audience to important topics in open and reproducible scholarship

Open research primers

Each primer includes an overview of the topic in the introductory “What?” section, reasons for undertaking these practices in the “Why?” section, followed by a longer “How?” section that provides guidance on how to do that open research behaviour practically.

Throughout the primers, there are embedded explanatory weblinks, and at the end of each is a collated list of links to useful further resources.


Preregistration & registered reports

Help reduce questionable research practices, and prevent selective reporting.


Upload, describe and disseminate your scholarly article prior to peer review.

Open access

Universal open and barrier-free access to research benefits all knowledge users.

Data sharing

Make research data available to ensure transparency and a reliable scientific record.


Open code & software

Encourage collaboration between code users, developers and researchers.

The primers were crowd-authored by members of the UKRN and their university communities. The primer series will be updated and extended to include topics from the whole research cycle.

To let us know about a change or potential update, typo, or to request a primer on a particular topic, please get in touch

The primers are licensed under Creative Commons license CC BY 3.0. You can link to, quote, share, and adapt the primers freely.