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IAFNS's growing OSF Collection aggregates supported research

August 4th, 2020,
Posted in: OSF Collections, IAFNS

The collection improves visibility of the scope and rigor of nutrition science and food safety studies conducted by investigators funded by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences.


In its ongoing commitment to uphold transparent practices and maintain the accessibility of research outputs, Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) has partnered with the Center for Open Science to launch the IAFNS Collection. The collection, powered by OSF Collections, aggregates IAFNS research on OSF in one place to improve visibility of the scope and rigor of nutrition science and food safety studies conducted by IAFNS-supported researchers.

OSF Collections is a service for funders, journals, societies and research communities seeking to archive completed studies or gather ongoing research on OSF. Any group may utilize OSF Collections to create bodies of scholarship based on the outcomes of funded research, a chosen discipline, research theme, taxonomy or other topic.

For over 10 years, IAFNS has been a leader in addressing issues of conflict of interest and scientific integrity.  The organization has established open science as part of its standard operating procedure.1 In July 2018, it demonstrated its commitment to scientific integrity and open science by becoming a signatory of the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. 

"The new IAFNS collection on OSF Collections is a practical example of a funder adopting the TOP guidelines in their policies and implementing through use of OSF infrastructure to make their funded research transparent, open, and more rigorous," said Nici Pfeiffer, Director of Product for the Center for Open Science.

“IAFNS is at the forefront of embracing open science within the fields of food safety and nutrition science. The OSF Collection will enable us to make the rigor and transparency of our research more visible within the scientific community,” said Wendelyn Jones, PhD, IAFNS Executive Director.

COS is grateful to partner with IAFNS to improve discoverability and access to transparent research for the food safety and nutrition sciences community.

“At the end of the day, we want funders to recognize and reward research that is transparently reported with as little bias as possible,” said David Mellor, Director of Policy Initiatives at the Center for Open Science. “This OSF Collection will make that easier.”

Visit cos.io/collections to learn how groups like IAFNS can foster greater collaboration and open sharing, while promoting reuse of research content.

1. Kretser A, Murphy D, Bertuzzi S, Abraham T, Allison DB, Boor KJ et al. Scientific Integrity Principles and Best Practices: Recommendations from a Scientific Integrity Consortium. Sci Eng Ethics 2019:25;327-355. doi: 10.1007/s11948-019-00094-3


About IAFNS
IAFNS is a public, nonprofit science foundation that provides a forum to advance understanding of scientific issues related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply by sponsoring research programs, educational seminars and workshops, and publications. IAFNS receives support primarily from its industry membership.

About Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and be discovered; preregister their studies; and make their code, materials, and data openly accessible. Learn more at cos.io and osf.io.

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