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Members of the ScienceCampus participating in the “Open Science Team” at the Göttinger Altstadtlauf 2017 to promote free access to scientific knowledge

Open Science

The modern knowledge-based society is driven by the constant innovation and scientific progress. The success of this future development rests critically on the integrity, reproducibility, and accessibility of research. The Open Science movement is thus dedicated to ensuring that scientific findings are trustworthy and replicable, to make the outcomes of research freely available to the scientific community, and to improve the dissemination of scientific results to the public.

Open Science is based on six pillars:

Open Science - Prinzipien

By Andreas E. Neuhold (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Open Data: the free access to open data increases transparency and facilitates data sharing, collaboration and re-use of a valuable resource. Access to data improves data integrity by allowing others to check whether the outcomes of published analyses are reproducible.

Open Source: describes the free access to computer-code and software. Scientific research requires highly specialized and dedicated software, and open source decreases costs and facilitates (joint) further developments and software improvements.

Open Methodology: access to research methods improves reproducibility, increases the clarity of research approaches and allows researchers to make use of their colleagues’ experiences in the development of scientific approaches. Access to researchers’ a-priori hypotheses and planned analyses is an important means to ensure the integrity of data and their interpretation.  

Open Peer Review: peer review is a standard quality assurance tool in scientific publishing. Traditionally, only the outcome of the peer review process is made available in the form of a publication. Through open peer review, each manuscript version and the reviewer comments can be accessed and the reviewer’s identities are revealed. This allows readers to assess the development of arguments and ideas presented in a paper, facilitates a fair and open debate between authors and reviewers, and acknowledges the reviewers’ contributions.

Open Access: scientific publications are among the most important outcome of research projects; traditionally, these papers have been published in journals operating with a subscription-based business model. Depending on the available library access, publications may therefore remain hidden behind pay-walls. To overcome this, full open access journals make all their publications freely available on the internet; authors may also self-archive their publications in freely accessible open repositories.

Open Educational Resources: this describes freely available material for teaching purposes, which can be used, adapted and redistributed with limited or no restrictions. By making this material freely available, the fast dissemination of scientific knowledge is supported without financial hindrances to schools and other educational bodies.


Open Science in the Leibniz ScienceCampus


The Leibniz ScienceCampus strongly supports the Open Science Movement and encourages and supports its members to contribute to its goals.

What we do:

  • Organizational support through the Administration Office and the Open Science Representative Thomas Schultze-Gerlach
  • Open Science Workshops and Talks
  • Promoting the Usage of Open Source Software through training courses (e.g., R courses)
  • Publication of open source software (e.g. R packages)
  • Organization of free educational activities (e.g. MovieNights, Science Theatre)
  • Funding of Outreach and Teaching Activities (Science Communication Grants)
  • Funding for Open Access Publications is available through our parent organizations, the DPZ and the University of Göttingen; a repository is provided by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Open)

Contact person

Thomas Schultze-Gerlach

Thomas Schultze-Gerlach +49 551 39 - 13569 +49 551 39 - 13570 Contact Profile

Open Science Events

The Open Science Community in Göttingen

More information about Open Science

Center for Open Science