I am currently finishing my PhD thesis and, as a great deal of the job was to create tools and protocoles, I am considering putting the different scripts I wrote on open source directories (such as SourceForge or GitHub).
The advantage I see for opening them is:
- They will be available for everyone and can be reused by the scientific community
- They could be improved (and corrected) by others
- It ensure my authorship for the different scripts (I can prove I put them there)
However, I was wondering if there is any drawback of doing so (for future publication, version maintenance, and so on).
I have to precise that not all the work was published yet. My field is biological science.