Funder Data Platform
A new platform for metaresearch
Research on research, or metaresearch, is changing fast. In the past five years, researchers from a diverse range of disciplines have contributed to such efforts, and new communities of scholarship and practice have emerged. It is exciting to see fresh energy and methodological innovation being directed to these agendas. But this can also bring challenges, particularly in how research outcomes are communicated and evaluated.
These problems are far from unique to our fields. But metaresearch has a particular responsibility to develop and test innovative solutions. To this end, RoRI and the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science (AIMOS) are launching a new platform for review and scholarly communication called MetaROR (MetaResearch Open Review).
Within RoRI’s portfolio, MetaRoR sits within our broader strand of work on Peer Review, as a practical experiment and testbed for some of the ideas being explored in that project. While our plans for MetaROR are still being fine-tuned, the platform will work like this:
MetaROR will be owned by the academic community of researchers doing research on science, technology and knowledge making. We will work together with one or more technology providers, but they will not own the platform. Instead, we envision MetaROR to be community-owned.
Stephen Pinfield, Senior Research Fellow, RoRI and University of Sheffield
Ludo Waltman, Senior Research Fellow, RoRI and CWTS-Leiden
André Brasil, Research Fellow, RoRI and CWTS-Leiden
Plus colleagues from the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science (AIMOS)
MetaROR is a joint initiative of AIMOS and RoRI. To build MetaROR into a community-driven collaboration that reflects the rich and growing diversity of metaresearch, we hope to further expand its project and editorial team. We invite anyone interested in contributing to MetaROR’s development and implementation to reach out to us.
Within RoRI, MetaRoR is an applied experiment within our wider project on Peer Review. The working group for this includes the following RoRI partners:
Australian Research Council
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
FWF–Austrian Research Fund
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
To deepen our engagement with peer review in the scholarly publishing context, we also hope to partner with organisations and initiatives committed to innovation in this arena. Examples include: cOAlition S; Open Research Europe; and ASAPbio, as well as AIMOS and our other partners in the MetaROR platform.
Key Team Member
Following an ongoing process of community consultation, MetaROR will formally launch in the first half of 2024, and will initially run as an experimental pilot for two years.