Strong documentation, public sharing, and other open science practices are recognized as desirable but are not often rewarded. Receiving credit for contributions to the research lifecycle can incentivize researchers to increase the transparency of their work.
Open Research Badges are a mechanism for giving that credit. Badges are digital credentials—they are issued to an individual or group of individuals by a verifying body such as a journal or other organization. Badges can be displayed on a manuscript, resume, or a personal profile as a sign that the researcher practices open science.
Presently, there are two badging initiatives, each designed to award various open practices. These badges are available for any organization or publisher to award.
Open Practices badges were developed by a committee of over a dozen journal editors and researchers and are supported by the Center for Open Science. They incentivize the public sharing of data and materials and the pre-registration of studies. They are issued to individual manuscripts by participating journals.
Contributorship badges are based on the 14-role author contribution taxonomy developed by the Wellcome Trust, Digital Science, and others, in collaboration with Mozilla Science Lab, ORCID, BMC, and PLoS. They incentivize greater transparency about the diverse roles researchers play in the scientific enterprise.
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