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Badges to acknowledge open practices

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Andrew Sallans
Centre for Open Science

Openness is a core value of scientific practice. There is no central authority determining the validity of scientific claims. Accumulation of scientific knowledge proceeds via open communication with the community. Sharing evidence for scientific claims facilitates critique, extension, and application. Despite the importance of open communication for scientific progress, present norms do not provide strong incentives for individual researchers to share data, materials, or their research process. As an example, journals can provide such incentives by acknowledging open practices with badges in publications. Badges do not define good practice; badges certify that a particular practice was followed. This talk will introduce this strategy and the initial three open practices badges specified by the committee of open science community members: Open Data, Open Materials, and Preregistration. It will also include examples of implementation and community reaction.

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