The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science is a grassroots organization created to foster a community of practice around methodological reforms and improvements.
The Community of Open Science Grassroots Networks collects dozens of researcher-led communities that share experience and advocate for institutional change.
The COS Ambassadors community is dedicated to disseminating knowledge and providing training in transparency and rigor in scientific practice.
The Center for Open Science is working to create a culture in which transparent, unbiased, and reproducible methods are part of the normal practice of scientific work. Realizing this vision will result in a scientific culture that more closely aligns with scientific ideals. To achieve this vision, our community must implement incentives for open science practices in publishing, funding, and hiring.
A roadmap of these practices are provided in the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines and include making available:
Data underlying reported results
Research materials used to conduct a study
Analytical code or techniques used for data analysis
Comprehensive and transparent reporting of study protocols
Providing citation credit for non-traditional research outputs such as datasets
Preregistration of study designs and their analysis plans
Replications of previously published findings
Disclosure of whether or not a practice such as data sharing or preregistration occurred
Requirement for the transparent practice
Verification that the practice was done completely
TOP can be used by journals, publishers, or funders of scientific research. TOP Factor evaluates journal policies on the degree to which they adhere to practices included in TOP.
The Center for Open Science is working to proactively focus on supporting the rapid growth of open science practices in the psychological sciences, use existing policies in education to encourage more adoption of practice, and spur action in the pre-clinical biomedical sciences. These areas of proactive outreach complement areas where we remain committed to providing support as we identify new opportunities in ecology and evolution, criminology, business research, nutrition and exercise science, and political science.
Achieving success in the above areas will be made possible by our efforts with discipline-specific societies and also with cross-disciplinary stakeholders in academic publishing and funding. We will remain open to supporting improvements in institutional policies as we identify those opportunities.
Please contact David Mellor, Director of Policy (david AT cos.io), for questions or comments on any of the above initiatives.