Creating the Open Science Registry on rewards and incentives

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31 Jul 2020

Creating the Open Science Registry on rewards and incentives

Submitted by Michelle Barker

Meeting objectives: 

This BoF will contribute to the development of an Open Science Registry of implementations and pilots of new incentives and rewards indicators, as proposed by the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). RDA was one of the stakeholders represented in the Platform and is involved in scoping the Open Science Registry. The implementations/pilots themselves will enable the exploration of different types of research and researcher assessment that engenders more open knowledge behaviour and provides a more balanced view of outputs and achievements. Such a public collaborative registry will itself provide important new knowledge to improve research culture and integrity internationally. The ultimate goal is to speed up advances and public trust in research while maximising scientific, economic, social and political impact. 


There are a number of frameworks that provide support and guidance to various stakeholders in research around the responsible use of metrics in research and researcher assessment. Additionally, a broadening array of different indicators and metrics that can be selected and used in relevant contexts continue to emerge. There are several examples of the contextualised (and responsible) use of research metrics in research evaluation. The most effective and practical way to drive towards more responsible use of metrics and the broad uptake of open knowledge practices across the scholarly research ecosystem is to call for parties at all levels (organisation, consortium, national, regional/local, disciplinary) to set up pilots or new policy implementations and infrastructures and to openly share the learnings from these activities. 

The core goal of this registry is to capture both the intention and any subsequent outcomes of each implementation/pilot (possibly 1-2 years later, depending on the specifics) in sufficient detail to record, analyse and share the outcomes. The vision and success of this evidence-based European-initiated registry relies crucially on the willingness of stakeholders to share the information at each stage. Sharing both the proposed work or policy change and the outcomes enables others to monitor, collaborate, verify, replicate or adapt the implementation to their own context. Learning from both the intention and the outcomes (especially for those in similar situations) will help inform and improve the practices of international open science strategies, and each stakeholder group.


Meeting agenda: 


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10 min        The origin of the OS Registry: a global endeavor from Europe.. EC Representative.

15 mins      Overview of aims and scope of the Open Science Registry

5 mins        Breakout groups to review proposed elements of scope of Open Science Registry to improve coordination with other initiatives

50 mins      Breakout groups

20 mins      Report back


Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 


The European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) included a focus in its second mandate (2018-2020) on addressing different issues on research evaluation, career development and indicators to engage with Open Science. The final report of the OSPP, it is foreseen the creation of a so called “Open Science Registry ( in order to gather good practices, pilots, etc world wide, about the practical implementation of indicators and rewards systems based on them, in order to record the main pilots and implementations of responsible metrics for Open Science world-wide. 

Since RDA is one of the OSPP members with global coverage, RDA can initiate a forum to start this crucial conversation to support Open Science.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
Meeting presenters: 
Eva Mendez, Michelle Barker, Rebecca Lawrence, Vanessa Proudman, Catriona MacCallum
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