Scientific Communication is Changing and Scientists Should Lead the Way

Psychological Inquiry, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2012 Last revised: 4 Jan 2013

Brian A. Nosek

University of Virginia

Yoav Bar-Anan

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date Written: July 31, 2012

Abstract

A response to 21 commentaries of Nosek & Bar-Anan - Scientific Utopia I: Opening Scientific Communication. We make four points: (1) the potential for things to go wrong is not a justification to do nothing; (2) some changes, particularly open access, appear to be inevitable; (3) when authors control publishing, articles will get better, not worse; and (4) despite the substantial cumulative changes, if our proposal were adopted in whole, those that wished to produce and consume their science like they do today could retain most of those practices. However, faced with the alternatives, we believe that they would not choose to do so. We close with practical suggestions that individual scientists can do to embody the value of openness in scientific communication.

Keywords: scientific communication, open access, publishing, scientific practices, peer review

Suggested Citation

Nosek, Brian A. and Bar-Anan, Yoav, Scientific Communication is Changing and Scientists Should Lead the Way (July 31, 2012). Psychological Inquiry, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2121095

Brian A. Nosek (Contact Author)

University of Virginia ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

Yoav Bar-Anan

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )

1 Ben-Gurion Blvd
Beer-Sheba 84105, 84105
Israel

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