[EV12-CCI] Open Science: From Research Transparency to Inclusive Authorship

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 11:15-12:45
Swiss Tech | Room 1C | Level Garden

Moderator | Summary | Panelists | Farewell Aperitif



Sarah White
University of California Berkeley, United States

Sarah White is a Senior Program Associate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a research network headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, where she supports the Center’s flagship technology initiative and leads the launch of the Development Engineering Journal. Prior to joining CEGA, Sarah consulted with the World Bank and a local NGO in rural El Salvador. Sarah holds a Masters in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Lake Forest College.



This panel discussion will illuminate two emerging trends in academic publishing: research transparency and inclusive authorship. Both are core features of Development Engineering (DevEng), the new open access, interdisciplinary journal launching at Tech4Dev this year. DevEng prioritizes novel, experimental research that directly integrates insights from engineering and the social sciences.

The panel will engage representatives from Elsevier, the Center for Open Science (COS), and the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) to discuss the benefits and limitations of incorporating replication into the academic publishing process. We will discuss an approach DevEng is testing in which accepted, pre-published articles are selected at random for replication. While replication is a common safeguard against publishing bias and the distorted body of evidence it can create, there is currently no systematic and commonly adopted way to verify or replicate results in a robust and transparent way. Also lacking is a positive incentive structure that rewards rigor over fishing exercises, in which a replicator is motivated to identify errors above all else.

Additionally, the panel will engage a scholar working in technology for development and a representative of AuthorAid to discuss the role of co-mentorship and collaboration in bridging the “publication gap” between authors in developing countries and their peers in more established and well-resourced research groups. We will hear about AuthorAid’s work to provide mentorship, resources, and training to researchers in developing countries, as well as a similar program currently being developed by DevEng. Through mentorship and collaboration, DevEng hopes to strengthen promising manuscripts for publication and guide authors towards resources—including workshops and online courses—that will serve them throughout their academic careers.