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Afraid of Scooping; Case Study on Researcher Strategies against Fear of Scooping in the Context of Open Science (Papers: Heidi Laine | 2017)

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While it could be argued the contents of this paper are not explicitly about research integrity, the kind of misappropriation of ideas would seem inconsistent with the spirit of research integrity codes like the Australian Code. Some jurisdictions like Finland explicitly discuss misappropriation. Regardless we thought the interface between open science and research integrity considerations made this worth including in the Resource Library.

The risk of scooping is often used as a counter argument for open science, especially open data. In this case study I have examined openness strategies, practices and attitudes in two open collaboration research projects created by Finnish researchers, in order to understand what made them resistant to the fear of scooping. The radically open approach of the projects includes open by default funding proposals, co-authorship and community membership. Primary sources used are interviews of the projects’ founding members. The analysis indicates that openness requires trust in close peers, but not necessarily in research community or society at large. Based on the case study evidence, focusing on intrinsic goals, like new knowledge and bringing about ethical reform, instead of external goals such as publications, supports openness. Understanding fundaments of science, philosophy of science and research ethics, can also have a beneficial effect on willingness to share. Whether there are aspects in open sharing that makes it seem riskier from the point of view of certain demographical groups within research community, such as women, could be worth closer inspection.
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Laine  H  (2017) Afraid of Scooping : Case Study on Researcher Strategies against Fear of Scooping in the Context of Open Science. Data Science Journal. 16(29) DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2017-029
Publisher (open access): https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/195064



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