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Publication . Article . 2021

Open science saves lives: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published: 05 Jun 2021 Journal: BMC Medical Research Methodology (issn: 1471-2288, Copyright policy )
AbstractIn the last decade Open Science principles have been successfully advocated for and are being slowly adopted in different research communities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic many publishers and researchers have sped up their adoption of Open Science practices, sometimes embracing them fully and sometimes partially or in a sub-optimal manner. In this article, we express concerns about the violation of some of the Open Science principles and its potential impact on the quality of research output. We provide evidence of the misuses of these principles at different stages of the scientific process. We call for a wider adoption of Open Science practices in the hope that this work will encourage a broader endorsement of Open Science principles and serve as a reminder that science should always be a rigorous process, reliable and transparent, especially in the context of a pandemic where research findings are being translated into practice even more rapidly. We provide all data and scripts at
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Work (electrical) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Process (engineering) Pandemic Quality (business) media_common.quotation_subject media_common Open science Scripting language computer.software_genre computer Context (language use) Political science Engineering ethics


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