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Engage in open science and open scholarship

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Duke is committed to a culture of open science and open scholarship to ensure transparency and accountability in research. This commitment involves making scientific processes, data, analyses, and publications as accessible as possible. Utilize this page to understand best practices and explore resources for sharing research data, publications, and other outputs.


Data Sharing

Requirements and limitations on data sharing

For sponsored research, there may be data sharing requirements that were agreed to upon acceptance of the award. Refer to your notice award for specific requirements. This is located in the “my Portfolio” widget on myRESEARCHhome.

Guidance is available for data sharing requirements for research funded by federal agencies on the SPARC website. Journals may also have data sharing requirements, such as requiring data that supports the results of the paper to be available via a public repository. This is often found in the instructions for the author and should be considered prior to submitting a manuscript.

Limitations to data sharing may also be in place due to funder restrictions or intellectual property protections. Refer to any research agreements or contracts in place for your project to determine allowable data sharing activities.

For assistance with data sharing requirements or limitations, talk to the appropriate grants or contracts specialist:

Data cleaning and curation

Data cleaning prior to depositing data into a repository, ensures that the dataset is complete, accurate, and free from errors. Access the Duke Data Management Plan guidance document for best practices and considerations for preparing your data to share or archive. This includes appropriately de-identifying research data involving human subjects or participants before it can be deposited into a repository.

Some repositories may provide curation services, and the Duke Libraries is also available to assist with data curation to help researchers meet the FAIR Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) in preparation for data sharing.


Duke-supported options available for data sharing

The following data sharing options are institutionally supported. For information on other repositories or to talk to an expert about selecting the appropriate option for your research, contact the Duke University Libraries or Medical Center Library.

Software and Code Sharing

Similar to data sharing, Duke encourages an environment of open sharing of software and code that are created as research outputs. However, there may be requirements or limitations for sharing software and code based on funder requirements or other collaborative agreements. Refer to your notice of award, or talk to the appropriate grants or contracts specialist to ensure you are in compliance with any code sharing requirements:

Duke provides an institutional license to GitLab, which is an open source code sharing repository. For assistance with utilizing GitLab or to explore alternative options for software and code sharing, contact Research Computing or the Center for Data and Visualization Sciences.


Open Access to Publications

In a commitment to open scholarship, the Duke University open access policy requires all scholarly articles authored by Duke faculty to be made freely available on the article repository site, DukeSpace. The Duke ScholarWorks website provides more information and resources regarding the open access policy.

In addition, NIH and NSF funded research have requirements for public access to research findings. The NIH public access policy requires researchers to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. The NSF public access policy requires publications from NSF sponsored research to be submitted to the NSF Public Access Repository.

Access the Medical Center Library website for more information about compliance with public access policies.