The Open Science Badges program was designed by the Center for Open Science (COS) to acknowledge open science practices. They are offered as incentives for researchers to share data, materials, or to preregister, and are a signal to the reader that the content of the study has been made available in perpetuity.
Is your research eligible for one of the Open Science Badges? Researchers submitting to journals that support this COS initiative have the opportunity to apply for one or more of the badges during submission. If accepted, the badge(s) will be displayed within the html and pdf versions of your article on Taylor & Francis Online.
Read more about the Open Science Badges program.
How do Open Science Badges enhance the openness of research?
The badging program allows researchers to indicate when underlying content is available for others to use or verify. We see several benefits from this program: badging is associated with higher rates of data sharing even without open data mandates, which can be difficult to implement. Another interesting association is the higher quality of data sharing.
Typically, an author can state that data are available while not actually putting all of the related data into a recognized repository, perhaps mistakenly thinking that figures or summaries contain “all of the data.” When the badge criteria are in front of the author and an editor checks that the URL points to a repository, there’s a bit more room to improve rates of actually making data available. And not just reportedly making data available, which is an important distinction!
Finally, we see the badging program as a way to demonstrate how norms are shifting toward more transparent research practices. It’s easy to ignore the tide toward more open data and preregistrations, until you see reminders that peers are doing this every day, and are receiving recognition for these best practices.
How will I know if a journal supports the Open Badges program?
Taylor & Francis journals that have adopted the Open Science Badges initiative display a notice in the journal’s header on Taylor & Francis Online. Read the journal’s ‘Instructions for Authors’ for more information.
Read our quick guide to open access publishing for information on open access journals.
Which badges can I apply for?
Taylor & Francis journals in this program currently offer 3 badges:
Articles need to meet the Open Science Badges criteria in order to earn a badge. Journal editors will contact authors to confirm if their application has been successful.
How do I apply for a badge?
If you submit a paper to a participating journal, you will then receive an email upon submission with:
Details of the badges offered by the journal
Links to additional information
An open practices disclosure form
The journal editor’s email address
If you decide to proceed with a badge application, please complete the open practices disclosure form and email it back to the journal’s editor. The editor will then assess the submission against the criteria set out by COS.
To apply for more than one, make sure you have met the criteria for each. If you have any questions about open research at Taylor & Francis, please email [email protected].