Open Science Is Liberating and Can Foster Creativity

Willem E. Frankenhuis*, Daniel Nettle

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Some scholars think that Open Science practices constrain researchers in ways that reduce their creativity, arguing, for instance, that preregistration discourages data exploration and so stifles discovery. In this article, we argue the opposite: Open Science practices are liberating and can foster creativity. Open Science practices are liberating because they (a) enable us to explore data transparently and comfortably; (b) reward quality, which is under our control, rather than outcomes, which are not; and (c) reduce the choke hold of needing to find “positive” results for career advancement. Open Science practices can foster creativity because they cultivate an open and flexible mind-set, create a more collaborative and constructive climate, and generate more accurate information and make it more accessible. In sum, Open Science liberates researchers more than it constrains them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-447
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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