eLife Innovation Sprint 2018
Can we find a way to recognise the value of scientific content, independent of the journal in which it’s published?
Solving this problem can help addressing the obsession with publication in "prestigious" journals, and hence stimulate researchers to make their work widely available through platforms like preprint servers and other rapid publication and sharing services.
The solution the team came up with was Plaudit: a simple mechanism for researchers to endorse valuable scientific work. Not only was this idea realistic in scope, it also nicely aligned incentives:
- Research consumers
- can use endorsements from trusted members of the academic community to show them what research is reliable, interesting and relevant.
- benefit from the credibility endorsements provide their work with.
- Preprint servers
- gain an independent stamp of credibility for (deserving) work that they host.
- can indicate which research is useful to them, and can boost their image of being able to recognise valuable scientific work, much like sitting on an editorial board can.
And perhaps most importantly: it fits in with the wider mission of increasing Open Access to publicly funded research.
Between October 22nd, 2018 and February 22nd, 2019, eLife will be supporting us to develop an initial pilot version, and to collaborate with the Center for Open Science to test the concept with researchers.
10 May 2018
Plaudit conceived at the eLife Innovation Sprint
22 October 2018
Start development of pilot version supported by eLife, in collaboration with the Center for Open Science.
Software developer, Manuscripts
Principal R&D Engineer, Crossref
Executive Director, eLife
Research fellow, Imperial College London
Open Access Publisher, IWA Publishing
Software developer, Flockademic