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The motivation for citizens’ involvement in life sciences research is predicted by age and gender

Authors

LAKOMÝ Martin HLAVOVÁ Renata MACHÁČKOVÁ Hana BOHLIN Gustav LINDHOLM Maria BERTERO Michela G. DETTENHOFER Markus

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source PLOS ONE
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0237140
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237140
Keywords open science; citizen science; human motivation; incentives; survey; individual difference
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Description Open Science is an umbrella term encompassing multiple concepts as open access to publications, open data, open education and citizen science that aim to make science more open and transparent. Citizen science, an important facet of Open Science, actively involves nonscientists in the research process, and can potentially be beneficial for multiple actors, such as scientists, citizens, policymakers and society in general. However, the reasons that motivate different segments of the public to participate in research are still understudied. Therefore, based on data gathered from a survey conducted in Czechia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the UK (N = 5,870), this study explores five types of incentives that can motivate individuals to become involved in life sciences research. The results demonstrate that men and younger individuals are more persuaded by extrinsic motives (external benefits or rewards), as compared with women and older people, who are driven by intrinsic motives (that originates from within an individual). This paper shows that specific strata of the population are differentially motivated to engage in research, thereby providing relevant knowledge for effectively designing public involvement activities that target various groups of the public in research projects.
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