[open-science] Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines published

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Sat Jun 27 09:21:29 UTC 2015

Conclusion. The journal article is central to the research communication process. Guidelines for authors define what aspects of the research process should be made available to the community to evaluate, critique, reuse, and extend.

DA: I think this is plane wrong. It should not be the scientist that decides, it should be mandatory that he has to provide access. The focus should be rather on how much structured and documented the data has to be.

The NIH requirement is a perfect example that scientist as receiver of funds and thus certain responsibilities have to be told what to do minimally – otherwise they don’t. For me this is almost the same discussion on self-regulation in the industry – leading up to catastrophes like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, an increasing number of funding agencies up to government require open access – open to all, not to a selection.


From: open-science [mailto:open-science-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Peter Murray-Rust
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015 12:48 AM
To: Sara Bowman
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Subject: Re: [open-science] Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines published

Sorry - that's rather bleak - and I applaud the effort reported.

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk<mailto:pm286 at cam.ac.uk>> wrote:
The article has no explicit copyright notice and no indication of licence or re-use rights. Presumably the authors have donated the rights to the publisher who can potentially withdraw access at any time.

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM, Sara Bowman <sara at cos.io<mailto:sara at cos.io>> wrote:
Hi folks,

Excited to announce the publication of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines in Science Magazine today: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6242/1422.full

The TOP Guidelines are the result of work by a diverse group of researchers, journal editors, funders, and society leaders.  The purpose of the TOP Guidelines is to provide templates of policies and procedures that journals can adopt to encourage greater transparency and reproducibility of research in the published record.  The Guidelines are modular and have multiple levels so that journals can adopt part or all of the standards, and can select a level of stringency that is most appropriate for them.  This simultaneously provides flexibility and offers the benefits of standards.

So far, there are 110+ journals and 35+ organizations as signatories. Signatories express support for the principles of transparency, openness and reproducibility in science, and journal signatories have committed to conducting a full review for potential adoption within the next year. The full list of signatories and more information is available at http://cos.io/top


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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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