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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.

          DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16800.001

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            Investigating Variation in Replicability

            Although replication is a central tenet of science, direct replications are rare in psychology. This research tested variation in the replicability of 13 classic and contemporary effects across 36 independent samples totaling 6,344 participants. In the aggregate, 10 effects replicated consistently. One effect – imagined contact reducing prejudice – showed weak support for replicability. And two effects – flag priming influencing conservatism and currency priming influencing system justification – did not replicate. We compared whether the conditions such as lab versus online or US versus international sample predicted effect magnitudes. By and large they did not. The results of this small sample of effects suggest that replicability is more dependent on the effect itself than on the sample and setting used to investigate the effect.
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                eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
                07 July 2016
                : 5
                [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
                [16]eLife , United Kingdom
                [17]eLife , United Kingdom
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                © 2016, McKiernan et al

                This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

                Funded by: FundRef http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000049, National Institute on Aging;
                Award ID: R24AG048124
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                Funded by: Laura and John Arnold Foundation;
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                Funded by: FundRef http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000925, John Templeton Foundation;
                Award ID: 46545
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                The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
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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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