[open-science] A Reputation Economy: Results from an Empirical Survey on Academic Data Sharing

kshitiz khanal khanal1990 at gmail.com
Tue May 5 02:06:02 UTC 2015

Yes, interesting indeed.

Understanding academia as a reputation economy hints of headway to
increased research collaboration.

It could be interesting to conduct research on other motivations apart from
reputation. I wonder if there have been some already.


On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 12:49 AM, Florence Piron <
florence.piron at com.ulaval.ca> wrote:

>  Very interesting study.
> http://www.ratswd.de/dl/RatSWD_WP_246.pdf
> Abstract:
>   Academic data sharing is a way for researchers to collaborate and
> thereby meet the needs of an increasingly complex research landscape. It
> enables researchers to verify results and to pursuit new research questions
> with “old” data. It is therefore not surprising that data sharing is
> advocated by funding agencies, journals, and researchers alike. We surveyed
> 2661 individual academic researchers across all disciplines on their
> dealings with data, their publication practices, and motives for sharing or
> withholding research data. The results for 1564 valid responses show that
> researchers across disciplines recognise the benefit of secondary research
> data for their own work and for scientific progress as a whole—still they
> only practice it in moderation. An explanation for this evidence could be
> an academic system that is not driven by monetary incentives, nor the
> desire for scientific progress, but by individual reputation—expressed in
> (high ranked journal) publications. We label this system a Reputation
> Economy. This special economy explains our findings that show that
> researchers have a nuanced idea how to provide adequate formal recognition
> for making data available to others—namely data citations. We conclude that
> data sharing will only be widely adopted among research professionals if
> sharing pays in form of reputation. Thus, policy measures that intend to
> foster research collaboration need to understand academia as a reputation
> economy. Successful measures must value intermediate products, such as
> research data, more highly than it is the case now.
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