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Incentives and Rewards for Open Science

VU International News and Reviews No. 103 December 18 2017

December 2017

As Thematic Report 3 in the context of the Mutual Learning Exercise: Open Science – AltMetrics and Rewards, the European Commission (DG R&I) has published a report on Incentives and Rewards to engage in Open Science Activities. The first thing that stands out is the missing Executive Summary.

The report, building on a working meeting in Croatia in September 2017, provides an overview and assessment of the various practices currently being used and/or investigated to incentivise and reward researchers and their institutions for engaging in open science activities.

Sections 5, 6, and 7 of the report detail the incentives and rewards that may be provided by the researchers themselves, by funding bodies, and by national governments.

The text of the various sections is sometimes less than clear, but the summary table on page 31 (34 in the PDF) gives a concise and useful overview of challenges, concerns and things that can actually be done.

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