January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Promoting Open Science: A Holistic Approach to Changing Behaviour”

The article linked below was recently published by Collabra: Psychology.


Promoting Open Science: A Holistic Approach to Changing Behaviour


Samuel G. Robson;
University of Queensland, Australia

Myriam A. Baum
Jennifer L. Beaudry
Julia Beitner
Hilmar Brohmer
Jason M. Chin
Katarzyna Jasko
Chrystyna D. Kouros
Ruben E. Laukkonen
David Moreau
Rachel A. Searston
Heleen A. Slagter
Niklas K. Steffens
Jason M. Tangen
Amberyn Thomas


Collabra: Psychology (2021)
7 (1): 30137
DOI: 10.1525/collabra.30137


In this article, we provide a toolbox of recommendations and resources for those aspiring to promote the uptake of open scientific practices. Open Science encompasses a range of behaviours that aim to improve the transparency of scientific research. This paper is divided into seven sections, each devoted to different groups or institutions in the research ecosystem: colleagues, students, departments and faculties, universities, academic libraries, journals, and funders. We describe the behavioural influences and incentives for each of these stakeholders as well as changes they can make to foster Open Science. Our primary goal, however, is to suggest actions that researchers can take to promote these behaviours, inspired by simple principles of behaviour change: make it easy, social, and attractive. In isolation, a small shift in one person’s behaviour may appear to make little difference, but when combined, many shifts can radically alter shared norms and culture. We offer this toolbox to assist individuals and institutions in cultivating a more open research culture.

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