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Friday, June 22 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop 1: Open Science and the Impact on Early Career Researchers’ Identities

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With the rise of audit culture in higher education it has been argued that academic value is increasingly becoming “monetised” and as a result academic values are being transformed (Burrows 2012). Auditing is a power based relationship with those being observed being made into objects of information rather than participants in communication (Foucault 1977). Audits establish the definitions of quality as much as they evaluate (Power 1944). Ultimately, effective audit technologies transform the way people perceive themselves, and relate to their work and colleagues (Shore and Wright 2000). Since the 1980’s universities and their researchers have increasingly been assessed for performance, quality, and efficiency in order to determine value for money (Shore and Wright 2000; Audit Commission 1984). The resulting Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework in the United Kingdom, and White House’s Public Access Policy in the United States, although great progress for open science, also epitomise the uptake of “value for money” auditing by governments. Academic reward systems are “the valuing of people’s professional lives” (O’Meara 2002), but the current emphasis on openness is a model of valuing, both economic and sociocultural, the research process as well (Levin and Leonelli 2016). Although current academic reward systems privileging high impact factor publications have hindered adoption of open science, the new funder and university Open Access policies are shifting the requirements for researchers, simultaneously creating new opportunities for open science and new hurdles for researchers. Where is the line between positive growth for open science and simple value for money? Is open science becoming yet another metric that earlier career scientists must fit into in order to survive in the academy?

The open science movement is altering what it means to be an academic scientist. PhD students and early career researchers have reported being dismissed by senior colleagues for submitting to Open Access journals, and being told their publications aren’t ‘real’ because the journal is Open Access and doesn’t have an Impact Factor. However, with the recent growth in open science, the values of the academy may shift to be more inclusive of open science just as they shifted previously in the mid twentieth century for auditing — with the caveat that researchers would then be evaluated based on openness. Or will early career researchers that want to practice open science continue being pulled in two directions and having their identity as a ‘real’ academic scientist questioned?

Purpose of the workshop: To present research on the identities of academic scientists and then have a discussion among attendees on how open science is impacting their research identities. This workshop will begin with the presenter’s discussion of their own research on the identities of academic scientists and then transition into an open discussion among attendees, particularly early career researchers, on how open science practice is impacting their researcher identities.

Target audience: Early career researchers

Learning objectives:
  • Attendees will reflect on how the scientific identity is shaped by research practices.
  • Attendees will share how research practices affect their researcher identity.
  • Attendees will discuss how to bridge the values of open research with the requirements of academic success.

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Chealsye Bowley

Ubiquity Press

Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Room 507, Faculty of Information

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