eLife, in collaboration with software engineer Vincent Tunru from Flockademic and the Center for Open Science (COS), is supporting the development of Plaudit – a mechanism for academics to share their research recommendations openly with readers.
Stemming from a concept refined at the eLife Innovation Sprint 2018 by a team of publishers, technologists and researchers, Plaudit aims to provide an easy way to recognise the value of scholarly content, regardless of where it is published. The tool has three main benefits for users: those who recommend research objects lend their authority to the endorsement, the authors of the objects benefit from the endorsement, and readers gain insight into the objects’ potential value.
Plaudit utilises an open infrastructure of connections with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and ORCID iDs, feeding data into Crossref Event Data. The data is open-licensed, meaning it can be used in novel ways without restriction. Completely independent of any publisher frameworks, Plaudit has the potential to be integrated easily across platforms. “With this project, we hope researchers will be incentivised to use platforms such as preprint servers and other rapid publication and sharing services,” says Tunru, who will play a lead role in the implementation of the tool. “Ultimately, this could help put the focus back on the research rather than on the name of the journal it is published in.”
Giuliano Maciocci, eLife’s Head of Product, says: “Plaudit is an opportunity to add a lightweight, authoritative and transparent layer of feedback to any research object, and has the potential to serve as a complement to other styles of both formal and informal review. I am looking forward to working with Vincent and COS to get this concept in front of users over the next few months.”
Plaudit was created at the eLife Innovation Sprint 2018 by: Vincent Tunru, Software Engineer, Flockademic; Sara Bosshart, Open Access Publisher, IWA Publishing; Mattias Björnmalm, Research Fellow, Imperial College London; Joe Wass, Principal R&D Engineer, Crossref; Mark Patterson, Executive Director, eLife; and Alf Eaton, Developer, Atypon.
The code for Plaudit can be accessed on GitLab.