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How Do Researchers Engage in Academic Crowdfunding in Japan?

How Do Researchers Engage in Academic Crowdfunding in Japan?

Recently, Japanese researchers have begun engaging in academic crowdfunding more regularly. Academic crowdfunding may facilitate public engagement in science. However, the process of academic crowdfunding in Japan has not been well examined. In this study, we investigated how Japanese researchers approached the general public for financial support using academic crowdfunding. We found that 80% of the Japanese researchers surveyed considered that conveying the interest of the research was most important when calling for financial support from the general public. However,…

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Science created by crowds: a case study of science crowdfunding in Japan

Science created by crowds: a case study of science crowdfunding in Japan

“Science crowdfunding” is a research funding system in which members of the public make small financial contributions towards a research project via the Internet. We compared the more common research process involving public research funding with science crowdfunding. In the former, academic-peer communities review the research carried out whereas the Crowd Community, an aggregation of backers, carries out this function in the latter. In this paper, we propose that science crowdfunding can be successfully used to generate “crowd-supported science” by…

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