Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines


Transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility are core features of science, but not always part of daily practice. Journals can increase transparency and reproducibility of research by adopting the TOP Guidelines. TOP includes eight modular standards, each with three levels of increasing stringency. Journals select which of the eight transparency standards they wish to adopt for their journal, and select a level of implementation for the selected standards. These features provide flexibility for adoption depending on disciplinary variation, but simultaneously establish community standards.


Implementing TOP

Read how Science and Ecology Letters will be implementing the TOP Guidelines.

Science: Taking up TOP

Ecology Letters: Ecology Letters, and Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines

Signatories

Journals, publishers, societies, repositories, and other organizations with a stake in science are encouraged to join as signatories of the TOP Guidelines.

Journal signatories are:

  1. Expressing their support of the principles of openness, transparency, and reproducibility
  2. Expressing interest in the guidelines and commit to conducting a review within a year of the standards and levels for potential adoption

Organization signatories are:

  1. Expressing their support of the principles of openness, transparency, and reproducibility
  2. If relevant, encouraging associated journals to conduct a review of the standards and levels for potential adoption.

For questions, comments, or to join as a signatory, contact top@cos.io or David Mellor.

Journal Title Publisher Society/Association Affiliation Subject Area
Organization

Related Efforts

The guidelines are the output of a meeting held in November 2014, organized by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, Science Magazine, and the Center for Open Science. TOP Guidelines are one of a family of efforts aiming to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. Explore and join these related efforts: