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Reforming research culture to incentivise open data, transparency and openness

In this episode we speak to David Mellor, leader of Policy Initiatives the Center for Open Science, to discuss reforming research culture to encourage open data and transparency.

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David Mellor leads the policy initiatives at the Center for Open Science. These policies underlie a strategy to improve scientific rigor by aligning academic rewards in publishing and funding with transparent research practices.

Implementing practices covered by the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines (TOP) include specifying in advance how data will be collected and analysed with preregistration, conducting peer review before results are known with Registered Reports, and signaling adherence to best practices with badges.

David received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. His research interests cover the behavioral ecology of cichlid fish, citizen science, and reproducibility. Find him online at @EvoMellor.

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In this episode:

  • You believe that the research culture in academia needs to be reformed. What areas are most problematic and what kind of reform do you have in mind?
  • In order to make research transparent and reproducible, there needs to be infrastructure to support it. What type of infrastructure do we need?
  • Going forward what can publishers do to help researchers share their data?
  • What do you see to be the main benefits of data sharing and why would you encourage researchers to do it more?  
  • How can we encourage more data sharing amongst the research community and why do you think there is a pushback?

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