Career Benefits of Open Science

Open Science has potential benefits for individual researchers. Increased visibility, potential collaborations, specialized funding, more citations, faster discoveries, and broader professional skills can all be gained from
Open Science practices.

Open Science methods such as Open Access publishing, Open Data repositories, Open Software sharing, and Public Engagement can increase the visibility of researchers. This visibility can translate into an increase in citations because the manuscript is more accessible. It could mean that there are more chances of collaborations or collaborative projects. There may also be new or faster discoveries because of interactions with different peers or with citizen experts.

The skills that engaging in Open Science requires also improves the employability of researchers.2 For example, archiving and sharing data correctly is a skill that many specialized roles require. Additionally, outreach work with the public could be helpful in changing careers to communications or entrepreneurial work.

There is a range of funding schemes that actively support Open Science. In addition, EC funded projects have to meet a number of Open Science practices such as Open Access publishing and Data sharing plans.
Other funders are also encouraging Open Science, for example, a number of funders now accept pre-prints in funding applications.

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