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Enter the GW4 Open Research Prize – deadline extended to 14th November

Enter the GW4 Open Research Prize – deadline extended to 14th November

**The deadline for the GW4 Open Research Prize and GW4 Early Career Publishing Prize has been extended to 23:59 on 14th November 2023 – don’t miss out on your chance to enter.**

The Prize, being run by the University of Bristol Library Services, in collaboration with GW4 Libraries and the GW4 Alliance, is offering awards of £250 for the entries who can best demonstrate open research practices across one of three prize categories.

Open research is a broad range of practices which, when combined, make research more accessible, transparent, reproducible, and visible.

The GW4 Open Research Prize 2023 is open to submissions from all researchers (including postgraduate research students), in all disciplines, across the GW4 Alliance universities of BathBristolCardiff and Exeter. Submissions from postgraduate research students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRS) are particularly encouraged.

GW4 Open Research Prize categories

A prize of £250 is available in each of the following four categories:

  1. Widening Reach Prize - Demonstrates the listed open research practices with wider reach potential, including re-use, improving public value and/or innovation.
  2. Improving Quality Prize - Demonstrates the listed open research practices that increase the quality of study design and/or research findings.
  3. Poster session Prize - Provide an A2 digital poster, demonstrates one or more of the listed open research practices.
  4. GW4 Early Career Publishing Prize A pilot initiative from the GW4 Alliance, in collaboration with the Bristol University Press (BUP). It seeks to celebrate Early Career Researchers and support the prize winner in exploring publication of the research in their doctoral thesis as a monograph. This prize is aimed at early career researchers who are interested in the benefits of publishing an open access (OA) monograph to widen the accessibility and impact of their research for the global community.

Open Research Prize applications for the Widening Reach and Improving Quality Prize categories will be short-listed by a panel, with representatives from all members of the GW4 Alliance network. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to an online to the event to take questions from the panel and members of the audience.

GW4 Early Career Publishing Prize

In addition to receiving £250, the winner of the Early Career Publishing Prize will have their monograph proposal taken through the full BUP commissioning process (including peer review), with the BUP Editorial Board signing off a monograph which meets BUP’s rigorous requirements.  Should the monograph be commissioned the prize will include the publishing fees and commissioned authors will be fully supported through the publishing process.

The monograph would be published as Open Access using a Creative Commons Licence, making it free to access globally to everyone and maximising the potential reach of the research.


How to enter – deadline 14th November

For further information on how to enter the GW4 Open Research and GW4 Early Career Publishing Prizes, please visit the University of Bristol’s Open Research Prize webpages – or email – where you will also find detailed eligibility and submission criteria.

Those who have already submitted an entry can submit a revised entry prior to the new deadline, should they wish to.


GW4 Open Research Week 2023

The inaugural GW4 Open Research Week 2023 is taking place from 20-24th November. The event will highlight best open research practices across the four universities, showcasing ways to make research more accessible, transparent, reproducible and visible to the public.

The week will consist of a mixture of online, hybrid and in-person events, which will span a diverse range of topics, covering the different stages of the theme of the 'Theory of Change', and will be open for members of GW4 Alliance universities to attend.

Several events will be open to everyone, including members of the public with an interest in reproducibility, transparency and integrity in research. In addition to GW4-wide and open-to-all events, each university will also be running its own series of events which will only be available for members of the host institution to attend.

Full event details, including information on who can attend each event, are listed on the GW4 Open Research Week webpages:

Further Reading

University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter