How open is your research community?

May 23, 2019 Elizabeth Moylan
At Wiley, we are supporting the aspirations of our research communities by “opening up” the research and publishing process to enhance the accessibility and transparency of research outputs. We also recognize that “Open Research” comes in many forms and degrees; some research communities support the sharing of preprints, some are keen on data sharing, and others embrace Registered Reports.
But “openness” is a relative term and a journal’s open research activity is shaped by their community. Too radical a leap for a journal may not appeal to their research community, but a measured step could make a journal a leader in its field.
We asked a number of Journal Publishing Managers in our Editorial Management department for their perspectives on the open research activities within their communities across five key areas: Open Access, Open Data, Open Practices, Open Collaboration, and Open Recognition and Reward. This enabled us to create a ‘temperature check’ on open research across subject areas. We found that within the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Genomics, Ecology & Plant Sciences, Cellular & Molecular Biology, and Cancer Research many journals are currently embracing open research activities. But we recognize that the journey towards open research involves cultural change, and not all activities are appropriate for all disciplines.
To enable a more in-depth understanding of how researchers approach open research we have launched our Wiley Open Research Survey 2019 this month. It takes a detailed approach covering all aspects of open research and will only take around 20 minutes to complete. We’d greatly appreciate the views of our Editors and Societies from the point of view of active researchers. Respondents will be entered into a prize draw for a gift card if they choose to.
The survey link is here and is available until June 10, 2019. Please do feel free to share further.

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