TWCF’s Open Research Policy and Recommendations
We support open research and open access to research for two reasons. First, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc (TWCF) seeks to support discovery science within Sir John Templeton’s mandate. Such research can have a significant impact, but only if it can earn the trust of the broader scientific community. This is particularly vital for projects that aim to make impactful or contrarian discoveries because they carry a higher burden of proof.
Second, TWCF has embraced a global mandate to support projects wherever they can have the greatest impact. It is crucial for this vision that the outputs of projects which we support, are openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
The overarching aim of our Open Research (OR) policy is to ensure that knowledge and discoveries resulting from our funding are shared and used in a way that maximizes their benefit.
We support scientific research across a range of disciplines, and appreciate that this policy will have a greater impact in some disciplines than others. We remain committed to providing a supportive environment for our applicants and grantees. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the program officer for your grant or application or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWCF strongly encourages other best practices in open research
TWCF believes in research transparency and reproducibility and recommends that grantees share all outputs, beyond research articles, publicly during or after the grant period. The following practices are also strongly encouraged:
Preregister any empirical study that involves statistical inference before the start of intervention or data collection. We encourage grantees to preregister their studies by using the Open Science Framework platform (OSF), or similar public registry (e.g., AsPredicted.org, ClinicalTrials.gov). Preregistrations should be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to enable sharing and reuse.
Post a preprint with a CC-BY license before or at the time of submission of an article to a journal in a suitable preprint server that 1) does not put up a paywall or other barrier to access; 2) Assigns a digital object identifier (DOI) to each preprint; 3) Allows the assignment of a CC-BY license.
Submit datasets used in TWCF-funded research to a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data repository that 1) Assigns a globally unique and persistent identifier (such as a DOI or Accession number); 2) indexes the dataset, metadata, and persistent identifier in a reliable, searchable resource. All relevant dataset files must be described by adequate metadata. Examples of data repositories include Zenodo, Dryad, or subject-specific data . repositories. Assign a CC-BY or CC0 license. Note that sharing protected health information (PHI) or electronic protected health information (ePHI) is not encouraged unless the data can be fully anonymized.
Software and Applications
Maintain original code and software developed for use in TWCF-funded research in a reliable code repository, such as GitHub. Reliable code repositories are services that are supported by the coding community and allow for easy export of code. TCWF encourages sharing code used in data analysis reported in the preprint or research article.
Share protocols used in original research in an appropriate repository, such as Zenodo, with a persistent identifier and CC-BY or CC0 license.
Lab and Field Resources
Register lab and field resources used in original research work, such as cell lines, antibodies, novel instruments, and other tangible items, with an appropriate research resource repository. Reliable repositories for resources include Addgene, animal model databases, and other services found through SciCrunch that assign a Research Resource Identifier (RRID) and provide others with information on how to find or use the resource if possible.
Open Research Resources
Do you wonder when or how you should share a research output publicly? We’ve provided some general guidelines here.