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Sunday, November 15 • 14:30 - 15:20
Can Open Science end research misconduct?

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It can be argued that the current model of scientific publishing both rewards cheating and makes recognizing fraudulent science difficult. Open Science has the potential to solve some of the problems concerning irresponsible research practices by increasing transparency and creating mechanisms that reward quality over quantity. There are some very exciting and successful open research projects, that can be also seen as field experiments in creating new open responsible research practices, such as the Polymath Project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath_Project), or the NMR Lipids project (http://nmrlipids.blogspot.be/).

Openness also creates some new challenges, f. e. concerning the privacy of human research subjects. This shouldn't be seen as a barrier, but something that needs discussion and development of common practices.

I argue that the success of the Open Science movement depends on the state of research integrity: in order for researchers to start sharing their work they need to have trust, trust in not losing their work to plagiarism, being rewarded and recognized and on the other hand not being punished if the nature of their work doesn't allow high levels of openness, f. e. in medical science and in some of the human sciences.

Come and share your ideas and experiences concerning the different ethical aspects of open research practices!


Sunday November 15, 2015 14:30 - 15:20 CET
Workshop Room Starvard: Table Gray

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