Sharma, S. (2016). ‘Fishing out’ the missing elements in a publication. SpringerOpen blog. 14-09-16  Full Text

Sharma discusses how scientific publications are often measured solely by their end result, missing the important contributions that come before this.  He argues that the first stage of the research path (putting resources in place i.e. recruitment of suitable manpower, evaluation, management, establishment of funds and striking up partnerships) and the second (the methodology of research) are a real reflection of a researcher’s actual scientific potential. Yet the third stage (sharing of research work in the form of publication and managing the data) is what is prioritized.  Sharma introduces Profeza, a social platform for Scientists/Researchers dedicated to changing the way of assessing research and researchers, and attempting to bring change in the scientific community.  It is a platform that introduces accountability and transparency.

Comment: The development of this platform is a response to a growing interest within the research community to make all objects created during the research life cycle available for review.  Another example is the OA journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO),  which publishes all objects of the research cycle, including project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles on a single collaborative platform, with the most transparent, open and public peer-review process.  The research proposal of IDRC project 108131 is accessible in RIO and upcoming outputs of the project will be published in the journal.

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