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PLoS Biol. 2016 May 12;14(5):e1002456. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002456. eCollection 2016 May.

Badges to Acknowledge Open Practices: A Simple, Low-Cost, Effective Method for Increasing Transparency.

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1
Center for Open Science, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America.
2
University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
3
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States of America.
4
University College London, London, United Kingdom.
5
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany.
6
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, United States of America.
7
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
8
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America.

Abstract

Beginning January 2014, Psychological Science gave authors the opportunity to signal open data and materials if they qualified for badges that accompanied published articles. Before badges, less than 3% of Psychological Science articles reported open data. After badges, 23% reported open data, with an accelerating trend; 39% reported open data in the first half of 2015, an increase of more than an order of magnitude from baseline. There was no change over time in the low rates of data sharing among comparison journals. Moreover, reporting openness does not guarantee openness. When badges were earned, reportedly available data were more likely to be actually available, correct, usable, and complete than when badges were not earned. Open materials also increased to a weaker degree, and there was more variability among comparison journals. Badges are simple, effective signals to promote open practices and improve preservation of data and materials by using independent repositories.

PMID:
27171007
PMCID:
PMC4865119
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pbio.1002456
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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