Open Science Badges enhance openness,
a core value of scientific practice.

What are Open Science Badges?

  • Badges to acknowledge open science practices are incentives for researchers to share data, materials, or to preregister.
  • Badges signal to the reader that the content has been made available and certify its accessibility in a persistent location.


Badges seem silly. Do they work?

  • Yes. Implementing these badges dramatically increases the rate of data sharing (Kidwell et al, 2016).
  • A recent systematic review identified this badging program as the only evidence-based incentive program that this effective at increasing the rates of data sharing (Rowhani-Farid et al., 2017).
  • View a list of journals and organizations that have adopted badges here.


Alright, I'm on board. What are the next steps?

For questions, see this resources page and email us at badges@cos.io 


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