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Monday, January 27, 2020


Hi David, Thanks for your thoughts. I was wondering, what might be the benefit to a researcher to submit their dataset to the open science network? Typically datasets require significant resources to obtain, so to freely give them away seems altruistic and perhaps self-defeating?
Darren Christensen

Hello Darren,
Thanks for reaching out and for the question. There are a few different reasons for individuals to take this step. I think the clearest benefit is greater impact and citations- openly available data is associated with an increased citation rate. Estimates varied between about 9 and 50 percentage points greater citation rates for articles with open data compared to those that do not (see Open Data under citation advantages here: https://osf.io/kgnva/wiki/Open%20Science%20Literature/).
The other reason is another benefit that individuals accrue, but is mostly seen in anecdotal
experiences so far: The act of preparing a dataset for curation and sharing takes a bit of extra time for cleaning, explaining variable names, and checking for errors. This makes the data more available for the sharer to reuse themselves in future years as they work to build upon work, the details of which are (often!) forgotten or held by individuals that are not longer in the lab.
I hope that helps!

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