Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG)

Open Science is better science. Research benefits from sharing data and scientific knowledge which is publicly available, making open science essential. The Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG) uses evidence-based and computational approaches to make research cultures more open, transparent and participatory through new practices and technologies. In our interdisciplinary team we combine competences in philosophy, sociology, and information science with computer science and life science. We research services, policies, and tools to investigate and foster the uptake and evaluation of Open Science practices in the following areas:

  • Research publications (preprints, models for Open Access, (open) peer review)
  • Research data (FAIR data, data stewardship, data management plans and  infrastructures)
  • Research methods (reproducibility and replicability of research, Open Source architectures, open methodologies)
  • Research integrity (publication ethics, responsible research and innovation, equality)
  • Research impact (research evaluation, impact of Open Science policies) 


Tony Ross-Hellauer is leader of the ORRG, Senior Researcher at Know-Center, and Editor-in-Chief of the MDPI open access journal ‘Publications.’ His research focuses on a range of issues related to open science evaluation, skills, policy, governance, monitoring and infrastructure. Tony has a PhD in Information Studies (University of Glasgow, 2012), as well as degrees in Information and Library Studies and Philosophy. He is coordinator of the H2020 project ON-MERRIT, researching issues of equity in Open Science. He is former Scientific Manager for OpenAIRE, co-author of the Open Science Training Handbook, and a core member of Research Data Alliance Austria, Open Access Network Austria and the Austrian Open Science Support Group. He co-leads Transpose, a grassroots initiative to build a crowdsourced database of journal policies for preprints and peer review.

Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi is a post-doctoral researcher and deputy group leader of the ORRG. She has a PhD. (with hons), MSc. (with hons) and BSc. in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology. Before joining the ORRG she was working in several European-funded research- and industry-driven projects (e.g, AFEL, OpenUP, Learning Layers, APOSLDE, EPhras, interFact-Get it un, NetFiles, E-Government Kärnten). Her research interests include Social Computing, Complex Networks, Agent Based Modelling, Computational Social Science, Web Science and Open Science.

Sarah Stryeck is a post-doctoral researcher in the ORRG. As project researcher in data stewardship, she is involved in the conception and development of services and policies for research data management. Sarah has a PhD in biochemistry (Medical University of Graz, 2019) and, before joining the ORRG, she was involved in a variety of projects in the field of integrated structural biology and metabolism research. 

Stefan Reichmann is a researcher in the ORRG and a PhD-candidate in sociology at the University of Graz. As project researcher in data management, he is involved in developing Research Data Management and Open Science Policies. His doctoral research focuses on data as a social construct. Stefan holds degrees in sociology and philosophy. Before joining the ORRG, Stefan was a research assistant in national and European-funded research projects, in particular the Horizon2020 project which developed a criteria catalogue for trustworthy IT.

Thomas Klebel is a student assistant in the ORRG and currently finishing his Master’s Thesis in sociology at the University of Graz. Before joining ORRG he collaborated on a project on the scientific elite within sociology. Thomas frequently contributes to open source software within the R community and has developed a package for R to import and analyse data on scientific articles


Tony Ross-Hellauer

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ORRG will coordinate the EU H2020 project ON-MERRIT

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ORRG is co-organizing:

Focus on FAIR – FAIR Data and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

When: 7th November 2019

Where: Graz University of Tecnology, Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz, Austria


FAIR Data and the European Open Science Cloud are two crucial building blocks for the future of
collaborative, data-driven research. Graz University of Technology invites researchers and research
support staff to discuss future priorities for EOSC and FAIR Data at this full-day workshop, covering
all aspects of these topics on an international, national and regional level.  Read more »

ORRG's Open Science and Research Integrity policy

We believe that science, practiced properly, is transparent, participatory and inclusive. For us, Open Science (also known as open scholarship or open research) is better science, a way to address systemic issues in research such as poor reproducibility, questionable research practices and lack of accessibility. Find out more about our Open Science and Research Integrity policy »