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How open science helps researchers succeed

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posted on 08.07.2016, 00:37 by Erin McKiernan, Philip E. Bourne, C. Titus Brown, Stuart Buck, Amye Kenall, Jennifer Lin, Damon McDougall, Brian Nosek, Karthik Ram, Courtney Soderberg, Jeffrey R. Spies, Kaitlin Thaney, Andrew Updegrove, Kara Woo, Tal Yarkoni


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. 

NOTE: This manuscript was originally posted as a preprint, and has now been published in eLife. Please cite:

McKiernan, E. C., Bourne, P. E., Brown, C. T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., McDougall, D., Nosek, B. A., Ram, K., Soderberg, C. K., Spies, J. R., Thaney, K., Updegrove, A., Woo, K. H., & Yarkoni, T. How open science helps researchers succeed. eLife 2016;10.7554/eLife.16800


Funding from the National Institute on Aging (R24AG048124), the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation (46545).