Free, fast and fair: the global primary research record where researchers publish their work in full detail
Octopus is a new publishing platform for scholarly research. Funded by UKRI – the UK government research funder.
Here researchers can publish all their work for free, in full detail, enabling peer review and quality assessment, gaining credit for what they have done, and allowing the research community to build upon it.
Research Culture Report
Researchers at the University of Bristol have recently conducted an investigation into the current state of the research culture. They found academic researchers demoralised by a culture that disincentivises sharing and collaboration, encourages questionable research practices, and increases the risk of bias. These findings underline the need for a platform such as Octopus. Their results are detailed in the report "A snapshot of the academic research culture in 2023 and how it might be improved".Learn more
Recording your work on Octopus is different from publishing a paper. There are eight publication types that are aligned with the research process and designed to help researchers of all types share their work and be recognised for it.Publish your work
Anyone can read anything in Octopus – it's designed to make primary research openly available to all.Read publications
Every publication in Octopus is linked to another, forming branching chains of research. You can navigate these chains from every publication page to browse areas of research and discover something new.Browse publications
Before you can publish research work, you need to create an account via ORCID®. ORCID is a system of unique, persistent digital identifiers developed specifically for researchers.Create an account
Octopus is designed to incentivise best practice in research, utilise the opportunities of open access, and to improve the research culture.Learn more
Review our FAQs to find out more about how the platform works.See FAQs