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Guidelines

This page explains the community guidelines for pursuing Open Research, by members of the Open Constitution network.

How to contribute?

As an individual contributor, you can contribute to the Open Research, that the Open Constitution's global community pursues.
Muellners Foundation has an active Call for Open Research, where different Research Areas are identified.
The problem statements are also listed on Foundation's Public Review Forum.
Visit active Call for Research on Public Discussion Platform. Search for category: Open Research.

What are the type of resources, sources, literature that should be used to contribute to Research?

Following types of sources and literature are recommended for the members for the purpose of making citations for any Open Research.
  • Verified sources i.e critically acclaimed sources such as Independent Journalistic outlets, Independent public representational bodies such as organs of governance, literature from inter-governmental bodies or economic unions.
  • Peer-reviewed Journals and publications from both academic and non academic institutions.
  • A blog article, press release or a circular published by a publicly traded and listed company, inter government agencies, government agencies, local bodies.
  • A mix of resources and literature, carrying diverse and multi-polar views should be used to impart a non biased or neutral characteristics to the research.
A source such as Independent journalistic outlet or, a public representation body may have a set of editorial principles and views. These are mostly identified in Trust and Transparency Reports, issued by the source. Special care should be taken in citing the veracity of claims made in the literature from any one source. E.g verifying whether similar claims have been made in another source, which hosts an opposing editorial principles and views.

How should I check plagiarism?

Firstly, always cite your source accurately in order to prevent plagiarism, also inculde a bibliography at the end of your work with all sources listed in it. There are different citation styles, chose any one and adhere to it throughout the research draft. Members may use different open source tools to check plagiarism.
Run your research writing through a peer reviewed community discussion in appropriate forums of the Open Research.

My research contribution includes Data analysis. What principles should I follow in the analytics of data and information sets?

Use open source analytics tools relevant to the research data sets, in your research contributions.

What type of research methodologies to be used?

Following types of research methodologies are recommended by the Foundation:
Generally, Foundation recommends to use methodologies that fit the research topic and objectives.
Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies are preferred.

How does the Research publications take place?

Outcome and conclusions of the research are published on the Foundation's Open Research portal with an appropriate open source license, governing the publication of the "CFP" on the portal.
Further, the members can also apply in conference proceedings or International Journals "Call for Proposals".
Recommended International Journals for a specific research problem statement are generally listed by the mentors posting the Call for Open Research.
Read more on Release Guidelines.

How should the Research surveys take place, if surveys are conducted?

  • Foundation maintains an ecosystem of industry stakeholders, community members, scientists, researchers and invites more participants.
  • Research surveys can be conducted online either on the Foundation's communication channels or internet forums, and social media.
  • Surveys can be designed using Foundation licensed technology tools, web forms.
  • Research surveys should be embedded with a link to Foundation's privacy policy and data processing policies.
  • A clear identification should be made that the Research survey is being conducted by or in affiliation with Muellners Foundation.
Custodian: Steering Council