Point of View: Motivating Participation in Open Science by Examining Researcher Incentives
eLife 2017; 6:e29319 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.29319
12 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 30, 2017
Support for open science is growing, but motivating researchers to participate in open science can be challenging. This in-depth qualitative study draws on interviews with researchers and staff at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital during the development of its open science policy. Using thematic content analysis, we explore attitudes toward open science, the motivations and disincentives to participate, the role of patients, and attitudes to the eschewal of intellectual property rights. To be successful, an open science policy must clearly lay out expectations, boundaries and mechanisms by which researchers can engage, and must be shaped to explicitly support their values and those of key partners, including patients, research participants and industry collaborators.
Keywords: Open Science, Patents, Science
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