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ready Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

Abbreviation: TOP

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Homepage https://cos.io/top

Countries that developed this resource Australia , United Kingdom , United States

Published in 2015

Type: Society


Transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility are core values of science, but not always part of daily practice. Journals, funders, and scholarly societies can increase reproducibility of research by adopting the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines and helping them evolve to meet the needs of researchers and publishers while pursuing the most transparent practices. Published in 2015, the TOP guidelines include eight modular standards, each with three levels of increasing stringency. Journals and funders select which of the eight transparency standards they wish to adopt and select a level of implementation for each standard. These features provide flexibility for adoption depending on disciplinary variation, but simultaneously establish community standards.

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How to cite this record FAIRsharing.org: Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines; DOI: https://doi.org/10.25504/FAIRsharing.yvmb9y; Last edited: Aug. 1, 2019, 2:17 p.m.; Last accessed: Jul 23 2021 10:55 p.m.

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Record added: Oct. 6, 2017, 3:25 p.m. Record updated: June 7, 2019, 4:01 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.
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TOP Level Data Transparency: 0-3: Covers multiple TOP levels

TOP qualifying comments: See https://cos.io/blog/landscape-open-data-policies/ for explanation

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