Is there any research/study/survey that looked at researchers' willingness to publicly share ideas that could potentially turn into a paper?

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    I downvoted because I don't think this is an answerable question. I do not know what you mean by "looked at researchers' willingness". I cannot think of which field you imagine such a study might have been carried out in. I cannot tell what sort of answer would satisfy you. Frankly, it feels like your real question is "hey, let's chat about willingness to share ideas" and the first clause is tacked on solely to make this look like a question suitable for this Q&A site (which is not a discussion forum).
    – Tom Church
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 17:55
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    @TomChurch Did you see the question tag? Only looking for references. Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 17:56
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    @TomChurch regarding your first interrogation on willingness, see scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=willingness Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 17:58
  • I'd love to have a special SE site for finding references for academic papers Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 19:00
  • Yes, this very question is research by you in this matter :) . Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 19:05

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I don't think that somebody should expect people here on Acedemia.SE to perform literature search for them (regardless of their motivation for a question), hence the feedback you've received so far. Having said that, I have briefly looked at the topic and have selected the following references that might be of your interest. The caveats are as follows: 1) the references below are intended to be used mainly not as primary sources, but as containers of more relevant references; 2) scope of the studies referenced below ranges from some specific context to more general knowledge sharing;

  • Thanks! Yes sorry admission questions are much more interesting. Surprisingly there is a reference-request tag with over 100 questions. Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 23:32
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    This is a better answer to this question that I thought was possible -- really excellent.
    – Tom Church
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 23:44
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    @FranckDernoncourt: You're welcome! In my opinion, the reference-request tag should be used either for help with finding some unique references on rare topics, or, at least, when one have tried everything, exhausted all options and came up with nothing and stuck. Commented Oct 3, 2015 at 0:46
  • @TomChurch: Your kind words are greatly appreciated. Commented Oct 3, 2015 at 0:48

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