Baring it all | Science Careers
"Facebook knows your friends. Google knows your Internet searches. Your cellphone provider knows who you talk to. Yet, in the competitive world of scientific research, secrecy rules. Scientists tend to be hesitant to share too much about their work prior to publication, and the venerated peer-review processes at most journals are anonymous and opaque. Some researchers, though, are pushing back against these norms, believing that openness can promote constructive communication and enable science to move forward faster. While some scientists remain concerned that sharing work via online 'open notebooks' or preprint servers and publishing in journals with new peer-review models is risky (and perhaps introduces even more vulnerability into an already challenging career path), the researchers who are already participating insist that the benefits can outweigh the disadvantages—as long as you’re careful ..."