UPDATE: We are moving to a quarterly decision and notification process for affiliation requests. The next round of applications review will take place in the end of November 2021 (followed by March 2022). Please contact IGDORE board at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of affiliation before the dates stated above.
Researchers and students from any discipline and any part of the world can join IGDORE. Some will do so to simplify their work as independent researchers. Others are affiliated with traditional universities but want to show their commitment to transparent science (i.e. open scientific practices) through an additional affiliation with IGDORE.
IGDORE offers the following to affiliated researchers:
Affiliation with IGDORE is free of charge and no paid positions are offered at the moment.
We accept applications for the following two affiliation categories:
1) Researcher: an individual holding a formal research title (e.g. PhD) and/or engaged in peer-reviewed and demonstrable research activity.
2) Researcher in training: an individual enrolled in a PhD program or in the process of obtaining a research-oriented Master’s degree
IGDORE requests two things from all our affiliated members4: (1) make your affiliation with IGDORE explicit in all professional contexts (publications, websites, at conferences, presentations, etc); and (2) you need to accept and adhere to our scientific Code of Conduct5.
Any applicant can be invited to an interview at IGDORE board’s discretion. This can be the case for applicants who have not been involved in research activity for many years or have recently moved to a different research field.
We encourage undergraduate students and individuals whose profile does not fit in any of the two member categories, but would like to get involved with IGDORE, to contact the board directly via email.
We will review the material and return to you shortly with a decision (decisions are made quarterly). The main purpose of the review is to confirm that you truly are a professional and trained researcher; we do not make any other assessment about the impact, quantity or merits of your work, but we will check whether applicants previous work followed IGDORE’s scientific Code of Conduct6.
1 For grant management in the United States, we recommend the Ronin Institute. It’s possible to be affiliated with several institutes at the same time. You can also be affiliated with a traditional university at the same time.
2 Research consultants are also available to external researchers, but when hired by our affiliated researchers, we do not charge a fee / indirect costs.
4 Both requirements are practised leniently for graduate students. IGDORE wants to be a source of moral and practical support to students who practice or want to start practising open science; providing this support is more important to us than always to be mentioned by the affiliate. We further acknowledge the fact that not all students are in a position where they can or dare to take on the struggle for open scientific practices. These are the people who need our support the most.
5 We currently employ the Code of Conduct of Eindhoven Technical University. The Code includes the expectation to apply certain open scientific practices, such as making research data available to colleagues. It’s perfectly okay not already to be familiar with these practices or how to apply them when joining IGDORE; we will provide all support and information you need to learn them. There is also the possibility of hiring our research consultants to let them take care of the open practices on your behalf, should you not have the time for it yourself.
6 Applicants who have a clear history of scientific misconduct are unlikely to be approved if we believe that they are likely to continue these practices while an IGDORE affiliate. However, we acknowledge an individual’s right to improve their integrity and research conduct, and we are willing to discuss each applicant’s case individually.