[open-science] EU Survey on rewards and skills for open science

Egon Willighagen egon.willighagen at gmail.com
Sun Apr 16 06:38:11 UTC 2017

Hi all, (Katja, thanks for the forward!)

I was just filling out the individual researcher one...

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 5:22 PM, Katja Mayer <katja.mayer at univie.ac.at>

> Your input as a researcher, research performing or funding organisation
>  is important in this discussion and we would encourage you to contribute
> to the discussions by filling in one or more survey(s). We would kindly ask
> you to respond to the relevant questionnaire before *15 May 2017.*
> Are you representing a* university: click here
> <https://my.ulg.ac.be/portail/go_xt.do?a=o%7C11004%7Ce%7C272672>*
> Are you representing a* funder: click here
> <https://my.ulg.ac.be/portail/go_xt.do?a=o%7C11004%7Ce%7C275680>*
> Are you an* individual researcher: click here
> <https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/OSCDSurvey2017>*

And then I ran into question 42... "The impact factor/quality of a journal
is more important for me than if it is open access."

I don't know what the others think of this question, but I honestly cannot
answer this question... it's the Schrödinger's cat of questions... without
an "other" option for me to explain and stuck with "strongly agree", "agree",
"neutral", "disagree", "strongly disagree"...

I guess I'll pick the superimposition and select "neutral" as I strongly
agree and strongly disagree... the question is highly suggestive!

First, I strongly agree with this. of course, quality is above open access
(let's ignore the survey does not specify the kind of open access).

Second, I strongly disagree with this, as the impact factor is unrelated to
quality (negatively correlated at best, see work from B. Brembs) and (gold)
Open Access does more good to journal quality than the IF does.

That is, the question asks more than one question and depending on what the
reader finds more important, you get a different interpretation. However,
without room for detail, it is impossible to decide afterwards which of the
two questions was answered. I can only come to the conclusion that this
survey question should be removed from the survey (results) as it cannot be
interpreted in any way.

What do you think? Am I overlooking something?


E.L. Willighagen
Department of Bioinformatics - BiGCaT
Maastricht University (http://www.bigcat.unimaas.nl/)
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