Opinion: “The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: Incentivizing Open Research Practices Through Peer Review”
The following op/ed was published in Royal Society Open Science.
Incentivizing Open Research Practices Through Peer Review
Richard D. Morey
Christopher D. Chambers
Peter J. Etchells
Bath Spa University
University of California, San Diego
University of Groningen
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Bristol
University of Western Australia, Perth
Candice Coker Morey
University of Edinburgh
Felix D. Schönbrodt
University of Amsterdam
Rolf A. Zwaan
Royal Science Open Science
Openness is one of the central values of science. Open scientific practices such as sharing data, materials and analysis scripts alongside published articles have many benefits, including easier replication and extension studies, increased availability of data for theory-building and meta-analysis, and increased possibility of review and collaboration even after a paper has been published. Although modern information technology makes sharing easier than ever before, uptake of open practices had been slow. We suggest this might be in part due to a social dilemma arising from misaligned incentives and propose a specific, concrete mechanism—reviewers withholding comprehensive review—to achieve the goal of creating the expectation of open practices as a matter of scientific principle.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.