Doing peer review is tough. Building a Collection is tough. Both are also time consuming, and academics are like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland: never enough time!
So while the benefits of open peer review and building Collection need to be considered in the ‘temporal trade off’ world of research, what are some other things researchers can do to help advance open science with us?
Here’s a simple list of 10 things that take anything from a few seconds to a few minutes!
- Rate an article. You don’t have to do a full peer review, but can simply provide a rating. Come back later and provide a full review!
- Recommend an article. Click, done. Interested researchers can see which articles are more highly recommended by the community.
- Share an article. Use social media? Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, or further on ScienceOpen.
- Comment on an article. Members with one item in their ORCID accounts can comment on any article.
- Follow a Collection. See a Collection you like (like this?) Click, ‘Follow’, done.
- Comment on a Collection. Like with all our articles, all Collection articles can be commented on, shared, recommended and peer reviewed.
- Become a ScienceOpen member. It’s not needed for many of the functions on our platform, but does mean you can engage with the existing community and content more. Register here!
- Have you replicated someone’s results? Let them know that in a comment!
- Think someone’s methods are really great? Let them know in a comment!
- Did someone not cite your work when they should have? Let them know in a comment!
All articles can be commented on. All you need to have is a membership, and an ORCID account with just one item. Easy! Commenting can be as short and sweet or long as you like. But sometimes a comment can be worth a lot of researchers and communities, just in terms of offering new thoughts, perspectives, or validation. Also, comments are great ways for junior researchers to engage with existing research communities.