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.
Currently, 68 journals offer Open Science Badges to signal and reward when underlying data, materials, or preregistrations are available, see below.
Badges seem silly. Do they work?
Yes. Implementing badges is associated with increasing rate of data sharing (Kidwell et al, 2016), as seeing colleagues practice open science signals that new community norms have arrived.
For this to occur, badges must be visible on the table of contents and authors must be consistently asked to participate. See the current issue of Psychological Science for an example of how these new norms look in practice.