Anisa Rowhani-Farid and Adrian Barnett recently published the second version of their Research Article in which they compared data-sharing in two journals and whether badges was associated with increased sharing. In this guest blog, Anisa Rowhani-Farid describes what motivated her in her work and the results of her research.
Prior to the appearance of scientific journals in the 17th century, researchers were hesitant to share their findings with others. The pace of scientific advancement, however, changed radically with the establishment of the printing press which led to the development of scientific journals in 1665 when Henry Oldenburg of the Royal Academy of Sciences launched the publication Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Academy of Sciences. When the Royal Society was established in 1660 it had the motto Nullius in verba, which means ‘take nobody’s word for it’. From the very beginning, science was about verifying facts, it was about being open with data.