Researcher attitudes and practices in relation to Open Science and how to overcome barriers

A study investigating the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open science, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science; and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers.

For the purpose of this study “open science” is defined as the sharing and reuse of research outputs, in particular research data, articles and code. We will examine the sharing and reuse of these three categories of outputs separately.

Through a mixed approach of an online survey and focus group discussions with researchers, we will investigate:

  • attitudes of researchers to the idea of open science, in particular sharing of data, sharing of code, sharing of papers and new models of publishing
  • current open science practices applied by researchers
  • barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science in their research
  • researcher-focused incentives and motivators for practising open science
  • practical actions research funders can take to remove or mitigate barriers and maximise the opportunities for practising open science

The research will specifically target researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council, and will provide essential baseline information for the Wellcome Trust to inform their open science strategy.

OUR CONTRIBUTION

Principal Investigator: Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Service

Co-Investigators: Gareth Knight, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Anca Vlad, UK Data Service

Funder: Wellcome Trust

Dates: June - September 2016

PARTNERS

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Expert Advisory Group

Barry Radler, University of Wisconsin

Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee

David Leon, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Frank Manista, Jisc 

Jimmy Whitworth, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Louise Corti, UK Data Service

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