University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan

We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.


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