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Dear colleagues,

In recent years, there has been growing interest in open and transparent research worldwide. More and more practices – often summarized under the term “Open Science” – are emerging and some of them already became an integral part of research in certain disciplines. Their use and the attitudes towards them vary from person to person, subject to subject, and country to country. However, a global picture of use and attitudes has not yet been determined.

Whether you use Open Science practices frequently or you have never heard of them, whether you are an advocate or opponent of the Open Science movement, your opinion is important to us!

Completing the questionnaire will take about 5 minutes.


The data collected in the context of this online survey will be stored and processed completely anonymously, so that after completion of the study only anonymized data will be available. The data collected in this study will be published within a scientific publication and made publicly available as 'Open Data' in a secure repository (e.g., the Open Science Framework, https://osf.io/). When sharing the data in a repository, the information about your participation will remain completely anonymous so that nobody can connect your responses to you based on demographic information. We strictly follow the legal data protection regulations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and process your data only for scientific purposes.

A detailed data protection information can be found at: https://osf.io/dsmzq/. For further questions, please feel free to contact project-oscc@uni-saarland.de.


Are you currently working as a researcher or have you worked as a researcher in the past?

This also includes supervised research as a PhD student, but excludes master’s and bachelor’s level research.

What country do you currently work in?

(If you are retired and no longer working as a scientist, please fill in the last country you have worked in.)

Please indicate how familiar you are with the following practice.

If the practice refers to the content of a manuscript (e.g. reporting null results) please think about your published and unpublished studies.

How familiar are you with...
Never heard of it
Heard of it, but have never done it
I have done it occasionally
I have done it frequently
I have done it whenever possible
... making materials openly available.

Materials: Any part of the study administration that can be coded digitally or physically shared, including: protocols, survey questions, instructions, intervention materials, videos of the study procedure, specimens, reagents, samples, and other items used to gather data or conduct the research. If one’s research materials are only code (e.g., simulations), then treat materials and code as synonyms. If one’s research involves materials in addition to code, then consider materials to encompass everything other than the code.

Open: Content that is publicly available with minimal barriers to access. For example, content that can be viewed or downloaded online without registration, payment, or approval.

Would you like to engage in the practice more or less often than you have done in the past?

I would like to...
... much less often.
... less often.
... neither more or less often.
... more often.
... much more often.
... share materials ...

The OSCC Project – A collaboration of researchers from countries all over the world – 2021

Contact: project-oscc(at)uni-saarland.de