How open science helps researchers succeed

Elife. 2016 Jul 7:5:e16800. doi: 10.7554/eLife.16800.


Open access, open data, open source and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers. We review literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities and funding opportunities. These findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.

Keywords: none; open access; open data; open science; open source; research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information*
  • Open Access Publishing*
  • Research / trends*
  • Research Personnel / psychology*