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A Year of Editor Spotlights: Thoughts on Open Science and Community Engagement

In this post, we are excited to feature thoughts on Open Science and Community Engagement by our Academic Editors.

This post is part of our “A Year of Editor Spotlights” series to celebrate the work and contribution of our Editorial Board members in our Editor Spotlight.

Please check out the rest of the series:

“A Year of Editor Spotlights: Editorial Board Experience” to read about PLOS ONE Editorial Board experiences by our Academic Editors.

“A Year of Editor Spotlights: Tips from Academic Editors” to read tips for Academic Editors, Authors and Early-Career Researchers from our Academic Editors.

On Open Science and Policies

The request of transparency reported in the Inclusivity policy of PLOS is an effective tool to ascertain the high standards for research ethics.

Andrea Zerboni

Open source offers a broad population of experts to use, modify, and distribute the source code, which is incredibly important for processing and modelling scientific data.

Branislav Šiler

Overall and beyond the transparency issue, I consider data and code sharing help researchers by facilitating and driving the creation of new collaborations and partnerships.

Haroldo V. Ribeiro

Open science makes it easy for physicians and researchers to get access to new data. My papers published in PLOS ONE or another open access journal are the most read and most cited.

Mabel Aoun

I would say that the impacts of the development of Open Access (OA) are double-edged. On the positive side, there are probably more opportunities now to boost the readership… On the other hand, (maintaining) the quality of OA journals… is a crucial issue.

Kuo-Cherh Huang

By providing an open and inclusive platform for scientific communication, PLOS ONE… can facilitate knowledge sharing, data accessibility, methodological advancements, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Achraf El Allali

I view Open Access options as an important part of the future of scholarly publishing. It ensures access to information for students and researchers who might not otherwise have the means to obtain it.

Pierluigi Vellucci

Personally, I have experienced the benefits of open science in both replicating and validating different aspects of my research over time. Utilizing openly available resources has facilitated efficient comparisons with results obtained from similar studies.

Camelia Delcea

Open Science, to me, is the way forward. However, obtaining and achieving the main six principles of Open Science will require sustained efforts to create awareness and educate the community about its importance and contributions in the long run.

Ooi Pei Boon

On Community Engagement

As all researchers know, having patient public involvement is really important – I have engaged in a lot of PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) work and also public engagement to ensure I have got the information back to the right people.

Lindsay Bottoms

I believe that research must be inclusive. I meet regularly with the members of the committee who are government workers and traditional leaders delivering services to the communities in which I conduct my research… Identifying the most appropriate interventions through this approach reduces research waste.

Sandra Boatemaa Kushitor

Disclaimer: Views expressed by contributors are solely those of individual contributors, and not necessarily those of PLOS.

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