Mainstream Open Science; rewards, incentives and/or recognition for researchers practicing Open Science

woensdag 4 oktober 2017

Open Science will make science more transparent, valuable and accessible for both researchers and the public according to The Working Group on Rewards under Open Science in their “Evaluation of Research Careers fully acknowledging Open Science Practices” published in July 2017. Open Science should become mainstream, therefore in the evaluation of researchers Open Science should be embedded at all stages of their career.

It is essential that the whole research community and other involved organizations change their current policy; universities, funding agencies, senior researchers and researchers themselves have to promote and engage Open Science. The evaluation of scientist will change as well, by implementing a new multi-dimensional evaluation model (OS-CAM).
This new approach is going to take time and will need constant revision and reconsideration to improve. Feasibility studies will be necessary as well as pilot exercises to ensure the desired result: to improve the quality of science.

The Working Group on Rewards under Open Science is not the only group acknowledging Open Science. In their report the Open Science Working Group of the G7, world’s seven most powerful industrialised countries, recognizes the importance of international collaboration to further implement Open Science worldwide.

The link to “Evaluation of Research Careers fully acknowledging Open Science Practices” is available here.

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