Open Science

Scientifically generated data and results should not vanish behind paywalls and in expensive books, but should be publicly accessible. Open Science is on all sides a popular idea, but rarely implemented. Who benefits from that and why do scientists not share their data? How can new technology like Blockchain make science more transparent and how can citizen science contribute?

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Benedikt Fecher

Replication is a matter of impact

In their first blogpost the authors argued for the conduction of more replication studies that e.g. use the…

Benedikt Fecher

Social Scientists and Replications: Tell Me What You Really Think!

NOTE: This entry is based on the article, “Perceptions and Practices of Replication by Social and Behavioral…

Kaja Scheliga

Crowd Science

Online platforms offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers to engage in the process of knowledge generation. How…

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Benedikt Fecher

Open Access or: Recapturing autonomy

With regard to open access, the academic world is once again on the verge of reverting to…

Sönke Bartling

Science goes darknet?

Why do many scientists publish their revolutionary ideas under a cryptical pseudonym on open access platforms? Sönke…

Benedikt Fecher

How Blockchain can foster innovation in science

Academia is stuck in an analogue thinking. Blockchain technology, a decentral storage system, has the capacity to make digital…

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Benedikt Fecher

Could Blockchain provide the technical fix to solve science’s reproducibility crisis?

Blockchain technology has the capacity to make digital goods immutable, transparent, and provable. Sönke Bartling and Benedikt Fecher look at the technical aspects of blockchain and also discuss its application in the research world. Blockchain could strengthen science’s verification process, helping to make more research results reproducible, true, and useful.

Benedikt Fecher

Misconceptions about academic data sharing

Written by Benedikt Fecher & Gert Wagner.  In a recent editorial in the New England Journal of…

Benedikt Fecher

Seizing the Moment – Is Our Understanding of Open Access Too Shortsighted?

Two weeks ago, the entire editorial board of the journal Lingua quit and announced they would launch a new…

Sönke Bartling

Gedanken zur Plagiatsaffäre: Statt ständig Köpfe rollen zu lassen, sollten wir mal über unser Forschungssystem sprechen

Written by Sönke Bartling and Sascha Friesike. We are facing one plagiarism affair after the other, but…

Jonas Kaiser

Collapsing Ivory Towers? A Hyperlink Analysis of the German Academic Blogosphere

Jonas und ich haben neulich eine kleine ad-hoc-Analyse deutschsprachiger Wissenschaftsblogs durchgeführt. Wir wollten wissen, wie und auf wen deutschsprachige Wissenschaftsblogs verlinken, um herauszufinden, ob diese neue, nicht-disziplinäre Cluster bilden (tun sie), ob auch Nicht-Wissenschaftler wissenschaftliche Blogs schreiben (tun sie), ob Wissenschaftler auch Nicht-Wissenschaftler wahrnehmen (tun sie) und welche Quellen für sie relevant sind (andere Blogs) bzw. nicht relevant sind (klassische Massenmedien). Die detaillierten Ergebnisse unserer Hyperlink-Analyse könnt ihr hierunter (auf Englisch) lesen.

Sascha Friesike

Reputation Instead of Obligation: Why We Need to Forge New Policies to Motivate Academic Data Sharing

Authors Sascha Friesike*1,2, Benedikt Fecher1,3, Marcel Hebing3,  Stephanie Linek4 Affiliations 1Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and…

Benedikt Fecher

Academia is a Reputation Economy

In autumn 2014, my colleagues and I conducted a survey on academic data sharing among 1564 researchers…

Kaja Scheliga

Looking at Open Science through the Prism of a Social Dilemma

  The essence of open science is to make the whole research process transparent and accessible. The…

Benedikt Fecher

How the Past Defines the Present. Understanding the Path Dependance of Academic Publishing

Did you ever wonder why it says QWERTY up on the left of your keyboard? And what…