Toolkit of Incentives & Rewards for Open Collaborative Research

Providing practical alternatives to publishing metrics as the primary means of adjudicating scientists’ careers; supporting the hiring, promotion, retention, and funding of scientists committed to open and collaborative research.

  |  Updated: 21 Nov 2022

Incentivizing Collaborative Open Research (ICOR)
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Project Goals

1, Develop a toolkit of practical solutions for funders and institutions to incentivize and reward researchers who embrace open, collaborative science
2. Involve funders and institutions to test one or more of the proposed incentives and rewards in the toolkit
3. Facilitate, track, and assess one or more recommended practices such that their implementation and analysis will contribute to evidence in the science of team science
4. Focus on actions that can eventually be implemented by the larger scientific establishment so that recognition schemes are meaningful on researchers’ CVs

  • Provide examples, templates, and innovative solutions, including open and early sharing, transparent peer review, collaboration, and mentoring
  • Inspired by the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines for journals, provide guidelines for funders and institutions to implement incentives and rewards with increasing stringency
  • Reports on the implementation of one or more of the proposed solutions in each of the funder and academic sectors, presented as case studies.
What's Needed
  • Tools for tracking open and collaborative activities and applying metrics or other means of assessment to enable rewarding the desired behaviors [For example, see related ICOR projects described in this website]
  • Case studies, templates, and examples of implemented or planned incentives and rewards for open and collaborative behaviors, for inclusion in the toolkit
  • Additional funders and institutions who are working to incentivize new behaviors or interested in trying – to present as case studies. ICOR can help facilitate this and set up the research side so that we collect evidence on the resulting change and impact
  • Marketing expertise to disseminate the toolkit
  • Direct financial or personnel support from funders and institutions to develop the toolkit and to provide support for case studies