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Engage in Open Science

Open Science is a broad framework that includes open access to publications, open data, open source software, and standards and systems that facilitate sharing and access to scientific processes and products across society.

"The idea behind Open Science is to allow scientific information, data and outputs to be more widely accessible (Open Access) and more reliably harnessed (Open Data) with the active engagement of all the stakeholders (Open to Society)" UNESCO 2021

Funders are increasingly requiring data sharing or open access publications to facilitate open science. One example is the NIH's Public Access Policy, which requires that peer-reviewed final manuscripts of articles, arising from NIH-funded research, be deposited in PubMed Central. NIH will require data management and sharing plans starting in January 2023.

See the resources and FAQs below or reach out to us for help at

Resources and Guidance


  • Where can I get help writing a data management and/or sharing plan?

    Duke has designed a template to simplify creating a data management plan. The Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI) provides Duke Data Management Planning (DMP) Guidance for an overview and links to other related Duke services. For detailed help, consult the Duke DMP Guidance Document.

  • Are there Duke resources for sharing my data?

    Yes! There are several initiatives to simplify sharing your data, including the Duke Research Data Repository from the Duke University Libraries.

    For detailed information on preparing, sharing, and archiving your data, see myRESEARCHpath and Archiving Data and Documents.
  • How do I use SciENcv?

    SciENcv is a system connected to NCBI and PubMed that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. It gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments, while allowing researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.

    Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. To get started using SciENcv, see the Reporting Publications tab on our NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Guide. For more extensive help, including details on creating biosketches for NIH and NSF, see the My NCBI Help.

  • What is an ORCID and how do I create one?

    ORCID is an author identifier that can be used to differentiate authors and connect them to their own research. Registering for an ORCID takes less than 5 minutes. ORCIDs can then be used in systems such as NCBI and Elements, the publication systems behind Scholars@Duke, to automate and simplify creating CVs.

  • Does Duke have any agreements with journals that cover open access article processing charges?

    Duke maintains agreements with the following entities in order to cover the costs of article processing charges. You must be currently affiliated with Duke to use them. 

    The Medical Center Library & Archives maintains membership subscriptions to BMJ Case Reports and BMJ Open Quality to facilitate publication. For all Duke faculty, staff and students submitting to these two BMJ journals, please use the following codes:

      • BMJ Case Reports: Fellowship Code 878215
        Enter this code under step 5 shown in the submission user guide.
      • BMJ Open Quality: 4490735452

    Duke University Libraries, including the Medical Center Library & Archives, have a transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) so Duke researchers can publish articles open access at no cost in specific journals covered by this agreement.