New Year’s Resolutions: My Open Pledge

Ever since I heard Erin McKiernan telling about her Open Pledge at the 2015 OpenCon I have been thinking about making my own. It seems only appropriate to publish it at the beginning of a new year. In addition to McKiernan I have been inspired for example by the Open Science Peer Review Oath and the responsible conduct of research guidelines I’m studying.

My research is open by default.*

I will not be open at the cost of my research subjects privacy; when in doubt I will refrain from publishing.

When I don’t share something I will explain the decision openly and honestly.

I will share both my successes and my failures.

I will blog my research.

I will communicate my research in a way that is understandable also to people outside the research community.

I will either publish in full open access journals or traditional journals that allow self-archiving.

I will not publish in so called hybrid open access journals.

I will not publish in journals owned by companies that exploit the research community.

I will be an advocate of open science and speak about my choices.

*See here what I mean by ‘open by default’.

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