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

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Sarah Ali-Khan

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Liam Harris

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Students

E. Richard Gold

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 30, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ali-Khan, Sarah and Harris, Liam and Gold, E. Richard, Point of View: Motivating Participation in Open Science by Examining Researcher Incentives (October 30, 2017). eLife 2017; 6:e29319 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.29319, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3062340

Sarah Ali-Khan

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

Liam Harris

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Montréal, Quebec
Canada

E. Richard Gold (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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