A webinar by Paola Chiara Masuzzo on open research practice and the need for change in the working culture of research presented as part of the ON-MERRIT project (2021-06-11).

Paola explores the need for a change in the culture of the research work place away from ‘research excellence’ which encourages bad practices and results in a mirriade of knock-on problems. In the Webinar Paola looks at what could replace this harmful culture with one that is more beneficial and instead, ‘built around the promotion of what is good for science, for scientists, and for society’.

As Paola points out we now have the technical infrastructure around us to do Open Science – repositories, PIDs, open licences, agreements – which didn’t exist ten years ago. The work that is now to be done in opening up scholarly communications is to make so that research is connected to society and making a healthy research environment is key to doing that, pointing to a Wellcome Trust report What Researchers Think About the Culture They Work In (2020), ‘78% of researchers think that high levels of competition have created unkind and aggressive conditions’.

Paola Chiara Masuzzo keynote speaker, Open Science as a driver to change? ON-MERRIT project, 2021. Creative Commons Attribution licence (reuse allowed)

ON-MERRIT (Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research & Innovation Transition) ‘aims at contributing to an equitable scientific system that rewards researchers based on merit’. ON-MERRIT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement number 824612.

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Image from slides: Masuzzo, Paola. (2021, June). Open Science as a driver to change?. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4926633