Interview with Open Science Ambassador Qian Liu

Q: Can you share with us your expectation or vision for the future research communication?

For the future research communication, I expect the readers, or the audience of journals could access the data behind the publications. The data sharing and peer review process should be more transparent.

Q: What does the Open Science mean to you?

Open Science is important for the area of biomedical data. It is important because it makes research data more accessible, the research articles more transparent and the research results more accountable.

Q: What are the benefits of Open Science for now and future?

In the area of biomedical research, Open Science allows the biomedical research findings accessible for the public, which enables the society to develop solutions for urgent issues, especially the public issues, together.

Q: What is the Open Science good practices (registered reports, open peer review reports, etc.) in the market?

In the area of Medical Sciences, both the registered reports and open data sharing are good practices. They are of critical importance for the readers, reviewers and editors to re-use the data and make sure the research is re-producible. Open peer review is also a good try, but there are different opinions towards this practice. Before we go for it, we will need more understanding about its pros and cons.

Q: Does Open Science enable more open research communication? And how?

For sure, the Open Science will make the research communication more open. But it is a new thing for the community and the researchers. The publishers and the foundations could play a more active role in training and educating the researchers and community about the Open Science. The publishers should also roll out more Open Research programs like the OSA program you are doing.