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Journals and Societies Shape the Incentives and Reward Structures Driving Researchers' Behavior.

COS supports products and services that can be used to promote open and reproducible practices by shifting those incentives.

Journals can increase transparency and reproducibility of research by adopting the TOP Guidelines. TOP includes eight modular standards that can be implemented in whole or in part. Each standard has three levels of increasing expectation for transparency. These features provide flexibility for adoption depending on disciplinary variation, but simultaneously establish community standards.

Read the Guidelines, see the list of signatories, or contact us with questions, comments, or to join as a signatory.


2. Signal open practices with badges

Journals can signal their valuing of open practices by adopting badges to acknowledge authors of articles that have open data, open materials, or preregistration. A COS Community maintains the badge specifications and facilitates integration of badge awarding into the journal workflow. Badges are a low risk nudge because adoption by authors is optional, and the simple signal can promote normative changes in practice.


3. Increase your conference's reach with OSF Meetings

COS offers a free document archiving service for conferences. Any organization can request a specially dedicated web page to display all uploaded talks or posters. Conference presenters simply submit their files through email and will receive a permanent, persistent URL that links to their work. Download counts and visits to each uploaded poster will be recorded. 

See how the 2016 Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting used this service to share over 450 talks and posters.


4. Adopt Registered Reports

Registered Reports (RR) involve peer review of study designs and analysis plans prior to data collection. Reviewers evaluate the importance of the research question and quality of the design. Accepted proposals are published if they adhere to the proposal regardless of the outcome. RRs address challenges of publishing of negative results, lowers barrier to conducting worthwhile replications, obtains pre-commitment from reviewers on quality of design, and produces strong confirmatory tests.

A COS Community maintains an information commons about RRs, promotes adoption, and evaluates publishing model. COS also offers registration services through OSF. Journals can adopt Registered Reports as a submission option. See examples of this model in action at Social PsychologyeLife, and Perspectives on Psychological Science.