Our colleague André Maia Chagas is inviting you to fill and share a little informal poll on Twitter about open source hardware documentation in academic papers: https://twitter.com/Chagas_AM/status/1337346638084452355?s=20

  

Long version:

  • Journals that publish Open Source Hardware designs have different requirements for the documentation that goes together with the paper being published. This ends up leading to a lot of variability in the quality of the hardware description, making it harder/easier to reproduce and sometimes making something that is not properly open to get an “open source” tag.
  • However, the Open Source Hardware Association has spent a lot of time and effort creating a certification system that is easy to use and makes sure hardware designs conform with a very good definition of open, without putting too much burden on developers in terms of achieving this certification.
  • The poll is to see if people would find it useful/good idea for journals to require from authors submitting open hardware designs that they certify their hardware before submission. This would save a lot of review time, and make sure all published tools meet a minimum documentation standard.

Right now we have more than 110 respondents, but for this to be a good indication of what next steps we should take, this number would optimally be much higher! So please, if you can, take a moment to answer the poll, and another moment to share it with your networks!
Thanks and best regards,
— 
Dr. André Maia Chagas

References

Chagas, A. M. (2018). Haves and have nots must find a better way: The case for open scientific hardware. PLOS Biology, 16(9), e3000014. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000014

Bonvoisin, J., Molloy, J., Haeuer, M., & Wenzel, T. (2020). Standardisation of practices in Open Source Hardware. Journal of Open Hardware, 4(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.5334/joh.22

Bonvoisin, J., & Mies, R. (2018). Measuring Openness in Open Source Hardware with the Open-o-Meter. In Simeone, A and Priarone, PC (Ed.), 6TH CIRP GLOBAL WEB CONFERENCE – ENVISAGING THE FUTURE MANUFACTURING, DESIGN, TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS IN INNOVATION ERA (CIRPE 2018) (Vol. 78, pp. 388–393). ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2018.08.306


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