Open Science

What is Open Science?

Components of open science: open methods, open source, open data, open peer review, open access, open education

Open science is the practice of making not only your research outcomes available, but also your process and data. The Center for Open Science outlines their vision of an open science scholarly community as one where:

  • All scholarly content is preserved, connected, and versioned to foster discovery, accumulation of evidence, and respect for uncertainty.
  • Scholarly service providers monetize and compete on quality of service rather than by controlling access to content.  
  • Institutions evaluate researchers based on both the content of their discoveries and the process by which they were discovered, not on where those results are published.  
  • Funders have full insight into the returns on their research investments for prioritizing future investments.  
  • Researchers prioritize getting it right over getting it published, and will receive credit for scholarly contributions beyond the research article such as generating useful data or authoring code that can be reused by others.  
  • Reviewers provide feedback at all stages of the research lifecycle and get credit and reputation enhancement for reviewing.  
  • Librarians apply curation and data management expertise throughout the research lifecycle, not just retrospectively.  
  • Consumers have direct access to review and primary evidence for scholarly claims.  
  • All stakeholders are included and respected in the research lifecycle and share pursuit of truth as the primary incentive and motivation for scholarship.

Integrating Open Science in Your Research Practice

Learn More

Tennant, J. (2018). Do we need an Open Science coalition? LSE Impact Blog [blog].

Excellent introduction to Open Science from the The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network 

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