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Elife. 2016 Jul 7;5. pii: e16800. doi: 10.7554/eLife.16800.

How open science helps researchers succeed.

Author information

1
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
2
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States.
3
Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, Davis, United States.
4
Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Houston, United States.
5
BioMed Central, London, United Kingdom.
6
CrossRef, Oxford, United Kingdom.
7
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States.
8
Center for Open Science, Charlottesville, United States.
9
Berkeley Institute for Data Science, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States.
10
Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, United States.
11
Mozilla Science Lab, Mozilla Foundation, New York, United States.
12
Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Boston, United States.
13
Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach, Washington State University, Pullman, United States.
14
Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.
15
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States.

Abstract

Open access, open data, open source and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers. We review literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities and funding opportunities. These findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.

KEYWORDS:

none; open access; open data; open science; open source; research

PMID:
27387362
PMCID:
PMC4973366
DOI:
10.7554/eLife.16800
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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