COS has substantial expertise in the design, administration, and evaluations of Rigor and Transparency Initiatives (RTIs) that raise awareness, shift incentives, and initiate culture and behavior change to accelerate discovery of knowledge, solutions, and cures.COS collaborates with funders and journal partners to support discrete publishing and funding opportunities for research communities to demonstrate behaviors of high rigor and transparency and stimulate change in norms, incentives, and behavior. These RTIs serve as proof-of-concept for the disciplinary community that the new behaviors are possible, achievable, and effective for research in their domain.
Began in 2019, “Opening Influenza Research” has accepted 7 studies so far. The studies include small awards of $5,000 for publishing the results of already completed replication studies or existing datasets, and larger awards of up to $25,000 for studies that propose conducting additional direct replications. These studies cover all aspects of influenza research, including immunology, genetics, analysis of existing datasets, and factors that affect vaccination rates.
For a special issue titled “Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology,” authors submitted proposals to the journal that included (1) an introduction justifying the importance of the original study and a replication, (2) a proposed methodology and analysis plan, and (3) a budget for conducting the research. Successful proposals were granted in-principle acceptance at the journal and received small awards (~$2K each) from COS through a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Ultimately, 15 Registered Report articles were published. And, all articles met the requirements for the special issue to share data, materials, and code.
With support from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, and in collaboration with the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, COS is administering an initiative to promote the use of Registered Reports in consciousness research by funding $1.125 million for researchers who use the Registered Reports model at participating journals.
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