Are you in a sharing field? Survey breaks down researcher openness by discipline

Two-thirds of scientists share results outside their circle of trusted colleagues before formally publishing them in scholarly journals, a survey of thousands of researchers reveals. But sharing trends vary markedly across fields, with social scientists and mathematicians most likely to disclose findings before publication, and computer scientists least likely.

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More than 7,000 researchers responded to the survey, the first to ask scientists across disciplines about when and why they share results broadly before publication — for example at conferences or seminars, or as preprints. The respondents held faculty positions in the United States, Germany or Switzerland, and worked in nine different fields — from engineering to biological sciences. Their responses, detailed in

Science Advances

on 16 May


, reveal that 67% share results before publication.


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