RRI tools relating to open access

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Science Shops

Over the past few years, there has been a global movement towards making research findings available free of charge and openly accessible to the whole of society. Open access is also a core strategy of the European Commission, aimed at giving citizens access to scientific knowledge, as well as improving and facilitating future research both within and outside of academia.

A range of guidelines and standards for open access to research results now exist at national, European and international levels. There are also a plethora of open access journals, which provide free access to research findings for everyone in contrast to traditional subscription-based, closed journals.

Open access and open science principles are fundamental to the science shop approach as it aims to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all parts of society. Many science shops have agreements in place with community organisations, which stipulate that the research findings will be published with open access.


… to understand what open access in RRI means
What does Open Access in RRI mean? is an introduction to open access in RRI with links to resources and guidance on how open access can be practically integrated into research.
… to understand the EC’s policy on open science
Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World – a vision for Europe is a book explaining the EC strategy on Open Science and actions that are already taking place or are being prepared.
… to find out more about relevant open access journals
Three journals of particular relevance to the work of Science Shops and community-based participatory research are:

Journal of Science Communication, SISSA Medialab. is an online quarterly open access journal on science communication.

Research for All is an open-access peer-reviewed journal focusing on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. With contributors and readers from both inside and outside of higher education.  Sponsored by the UCL Institute of Education and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK.

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement. It is jointly edited and managed by UTS Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University, Chicago.