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Open Scholarship/Open Science Updates

Posted By Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations, Monday, July 6, 2020

The Board of Directors approved three publications related items: to formalize the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) as an open access journal; adoption of OUP policy option two; and introduction of OSF badges. While the International Communication Association Journals welcome all types of research, open access or otherwise, these specific decisions speak directly to ICA’s goal of making research and open science more accessible. The badges, and, in particular, the processes behind their implementation, will be evaluated over a two-year period to ensure they remain in line with the Association's mission. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Thomas Mankowski (tmankowski@icahdq.org).


Formalize Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication as an open access journal

 The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) copyright license will change from a standard re-use license to a CC-BY license, effectively changing JCMC from a traditional online only journal to a Gold open access journal. Historically, JCMC has always been available to read for free, or ‘open,’ however, articles were open/ungated at time of publication for all to read. The journal did not carry the OA CC-BY license, which is the main change here. As such, moving forward, any reader, regardless of subscription, will be able to freely access JCMC research as well “copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format,” with proper citation. 


For more about the CC-BY license, please visit the Creative Commons website.


Adoption of OUP policy option two

 The policy states: The journal encourages all authors, where ethically possible, to publicly release all data underlying any published paper. Authors must include a Data Availability Statement in their published article.  The Data Availability Statement, while increasing transparency of the research, will also allow our journals to remain in compliance with international security regulations such as GDPR, as well as to adhere to global funder requirements. This policy encourages, but does not require the release of data, specifically where it may not be possible to share. If not possible, a statement as to why the data may not be shared is needed.


More information on the Data Availability Statement, as well as sample statements, can be found here.


Introduction of OSF badges 

In an effort to increase transparency and reproducibility, Open Science Framework (OSF) introduced three badges that can be added to articles to indicate to readers if the paper has (1) open data (2) open materials and (3) if the study was preregistered.  Authors can be ‘awarded’ any, or all, of the three badges as long as they meet set criteria. The badges, which acknowledge open science practices, are incentives for researchers to share data, materials, or to preregister.  The sharing of Data, and the badges themselves are encouraged, but not required. 


Once implemented, ICA authors will have the option to submit a disclosure form through ScholarOne in order to obtain an OSF badge. This will give the option to authors who are aware or who want to have an OSF badge/make the data more shareable, but again, does not require them. The badges will be visible at the beginning of the article as well as in the table of contents.  


In order to be ‘awarded’ a badge, the authors need to disclose (through ScholarOne) that they have met certain criteria as set out by OSF. 


  • Open Data: All digitally shareable data necessary to reproduce the reported results have been made available in a public, open access repository. 

  • Open Materials: All digitally shareable materials necessary to reproduce the reported methodology have been made available in a public, open-access repository.

  • Preregistered: The design and analysis plan for the reported research were preregistered in a public, open-access repository.


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Tags:  June-July 2020 

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