By Stephen Eglen, Software Sustainability Institute's fellow, University of Cambridge.
The Center for Open Science have developed the TOP (Transparency and Openness Promotion) Guidelines to promote the transparency and reproducibility of research.
TOP includes eight modular standards, each with three levels of increasing stringency. Journals can select which of the eight transparency standards they wish to adopt for their journal, and select a level of implementation for the selected standards. These features provide flexibility for adoption depending on disciplinary variation, but simultaneously establish community standards.
These guidelines, including…