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’.