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How open science helps researchers succeed

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      Open access, open data, open source and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers. We review literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities and funding opportunities. These findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.


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            [1 ]deptDepartment of Physics, Faculty of Science , National Autonomous University of Mexico , Mexico City, Mexico
            [2 ]deptOffice of the Director , National Institutes of Health , Bethesda, United States
            [3 ]deptPopulation Health and Reproduction , University of California, Davis , Davis, United States
            [4 ]Laura and John Arnold Foundation , Houston, United States
            [5 ]BioMed Central , London, United Kingdom
            [6 ]CrossRef , Oxford, United Kingdom
            [7 ]deptInstitute for Computational Engineering and Sciences , University of Texas at Austin , Austin, United States
            [8 ]Center for Open Science , Charlottesville, United States
            [9 ]deptBerkeley Institute for Data Science , University of California, Berkeley , Berkeley, United States
            [10 ]deptDepartment of Engineering and Society , University of Virginia , Charlottesville, United States
            [11 ]deptMozilla Science Lab , Mozilla Foundation , New York, United States
            [12 ]Gesmer Updegrove LLP , Boston, United States
            [13 ]deptCenter for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach , Washington State University , Pullman, United States
            [14 ]deptInformation School , University of Washington , Seattle, United States
            [15 ]deptDepartment of Psychology , University of Texas at Austin , Austin, United States
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            eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
            07 July 2016
            : 5
            27387362 4973366 16800 10.7554/eLife.16800
            © 2016, McKiernan et al

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            Funded by: FundRef, National Institute on Aging;
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            Funded by: Laura and John Arnold Foundation;
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            Funded by: FundRef, John Templeton Foundation;
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            This article shows well the benefits for open science that are not that obvious. One would not expect these, so it is nice that this article can give evidence for these facts, to give more confidence to scientist that want to openly publish their article. However, I can still see that the financial benefits of publishing for a writer can go beyond these advantages, and that financial security also plays a big role when it comes to scientists who just started their carreers. 


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