The era of closed science is over.

In 1665, the first two scientific journals were published, and science was dragged out of its dark age of cryptic anagrams, secret discoveries, and bitter turf wars. Today we are living in another dark age of science: pay-per-access journals, unreleased code and data, prestige-based metrics, and irreproducible experiments. But another scientific revolution is taking place: open science.

We live in the age of the Internet: of Wikipedia, Google, and WikiLeaks. And we can use the internet for science - by publishing papers, code, and data; by building comprehensive online databases; by using modern algorithms to measure individual scientists' contributions; by enabling amateurs, and scientists from countries not as privileged as those in the West, to contribute. And eventually, by building revolutionary scientific search engines that understand the meaning of documents and can answer specific scientific questions; by using huge computational powers to automate the process of making discoveries and reasoning about them; by building a Wikipedia that completely reflects the current state of scientific knowledge and understanding.

To do this we need to start now. If you are a scientist, publish open access. Share your data. Upload your code. Ask questions. Explain what you know. And invent new ways of sharing your work. Whatever you do, make sure it is open, and make sure you are proud of it.

Science is based on building on, reusing and openly criticising the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavours, science must be made open. Closed access journals, unshared work, and irreproducible research waste the money that taxpayers have entrusted us with, and hinder the social, technological, and medicinal advancement of our society.

Join us - open your science.

– the open scientists