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The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: incentivising open research practices through peer review

Morey, R.D, Chambers, C.D, Etchells, P.J, Harris, C.R, Hoekstra, R, Lakens, D, Lewandowsky, S, Coker Morey, C, Newman, D.P, Schonbrodt, F, Vanpaemel, W, Wagenmakers, E and Zwaan, R (2016) 'The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative: incentivising open research practices through peer review.' Royal Society Open Science, 3 (150547). ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 15:38
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 14:11
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6861
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