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Sharing Open Methodologies

Transparent sharing of protocols, as early as possible in the workflow, can help to enhance the reproducibility of research.

Dr Patrick Manu (Office for Open Research)

There are a growing number of platforms and repositories available which allow you to store and publish this essential part of the research workflow.


Research papers and protocol organisation often lack detailed instructions for repeating experiments. Protocols.io is a secure open access platform for developing and sharing reproducible methods. Users can create, publish, and read public protocols. University of Manchester staff and students can also create private areas for method development, collaboration and tracking protocol execution records. The platform helps authors bring structure to their research, whilst effectively building on the practices and methods of others.

The University has an institutional plan allowing all University staff to share their methods within a project.

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Find out more about our institutional support for Protocols.io

Open Science Framework

Protocols can be registered on Open Science Framework along with a range of other outputs from the research lifecycle.

The Open Science Framework is a free, open-source online tool that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research.

The OSF can be used by researchers, journals, institutions, funders and even for sharing academic meetings and conferences.

Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data.

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Launched in Spring 2022, Octopus is designed to replace journals and papers as the place to establish priority and record your work in full detail, Octopus will be free to use and will publish all kinds of scientific work, including hypotheses, methods, data, an analysis or a peer review.

Octopus encourages meritocracy, collaboration and a fast and effective scientific process and is created in partnership with the UK Reproducibility Network, Jisc, and Research England.

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