Measuring Open Science

Open Science

“Open science commonly refers to efforts to make the output of publicly funded research more widely accessible in digital format to the scientific community, the business sector, or society more generally” writes the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its newly released study “Making Open Science a Reality”.

In the digital age the role of tools like Authorea is to increase the efficiency of research as well of its diffusion. The benefits of open science identified by the OECD are multiple:

  1. Reducing duplication costs in collecting, creating, transferring and reusing data and scientific material; allowing more research from the same data; and multiplying opportunities for domestic and global participation in the research process.

  2. The greater scrutiny offered by open science allows a more accurate verification of research results.

  3. Increased access to research results (in the forms of both publications and data) can foster spillovers not only to scientific systems but also innovation systems more broadly. (Firms and individuals may use and reuse scientific outputs to produce new products and services.)

  4. Open science also allows the closer involvement and participation of citizens.

The Open Science Index (OSI) and Collaborative Open Science Index (COSI) for an Authorea user.

Open Science Metrics

As pointed out by the OECD “Open science can be supported by defining the right incentive mechanisms to promote open behaviours in science and research”. Incentive mechanism have to rely on metrics taking into account open science and data-sharing efforts. “The use of new online scholarly (and non-scholarly) tools to disseminate results offers the possibility to develop and employ new metrics to capture different types of impacts of scientific outputs. These new or alternative metrics are often referred to as altmetrics (Priem et al. 2010).”