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The open research value proposition: How sharing can help researchers succeed

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posted on 2016-01-06, 06:32 authored by Erin McKiernanErin McKiernan, Philip E. Bourne, C. Titus BrownC. Titus Brown, Stuart Buck, Amye KenallAmye Kenall, Jennifer LinJennifer Lin, Damon McDougall, Brian NosekBrian Nosek, Karthik RamKarthik Ram, Courtney SoderbergCourtney Soderberg, Jeffrey R. Spies, Kaitlin ThaneyKaitlin Thaney, Andrew Updegrove, Kara WooKara Woo, Tal YarkoniTal Yarkoni

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Open access, open data, open source, and other open scholarship practices are growing in necessity and popularity, rapidly becoming part of the integral workflow of researchers. However, widespread adoption of many of these practices has not yet been achieved. Understandably, researchers have concerns as to how sharing their work will affect their careers. Some of these concerns stem from a lack of awareness about the career benefits associated with open research. Herein, we review literature on the open citation advantage, media attention for publicly available research, collaborative possibilities, and special funding opportunities to show how open practices can give researchers a competitive advantage.