Scientific Utopia: I. Opening Scientific Communication

Psychological Inquiry, 2012

61 Pages Posted: 4 May 2012

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Brian A. Nosek

University of Virginia

Yoav Bar-Anan

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date Written: May 5, 2012


Existing norms for scientific communication are rooted in anachronistic practices of bygone eras, making them needlessly inefficient. We outline a path that moves away from the existing model of scientific communication to improve the efficiency in meeting the purpose of public science – knowledge accumulation. We call for six changes: (1) full embrace of digital communication, (2) open access to all published research, (3) disentangling publication from evaluation, (4) breaking the “one article, one journal” model with a grading system for evaluation and diversified dissemination outlets, (5) publishing peer review, and, (6) allowing open, continuous peer review. We address conceptual and practical barriers to change, and provide examples showing how the suggested practices are being used already. The critical barriers to change are not technical or financial; they are social. While scientists guard the status quo, they also have the power to change it.

Keywords: Science, Internet, Open Access, Values, Practices, Communication

Suggested Citation

Nosek, Brian A. and Bar-Anan, Yoav, Scientific Utopia: I. Opening Scientific Communication (May 5, 2012). Psychological Inquiry, 2012, Available at SSRN:

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Yoav Bar-Anan

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )

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