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OSF Registries improves transparency and rigor of research


OSF Registries is a scholarly repository built for creating and aggregating registrations of research. Create your own registrations and discover other registrations on OSF or in other registries.

A registration is an immutable record of a research project. Creating a preregistration prior to conducting the study will increase transparency and improve the quality of research through better planning and through clearer distinctions between confirmed findings and unexpected discoveries. Learn more about the benefits of preregistration.

With OSF Registries, you can create and share your own registrations as well as discover the research being done around you. Browse registrations.

A simple workflow yields valuable results

Registering your research is as simple as answering a few questions about your research plan. Enter your responses to the questions, upload any relevant files, and then your responses, files, and metadata are archived into a timestamped, immutable registration. OSF Registries offers various registration form types, enabling researchers to register according to their discipline, study design, or stage in research. 

Learn more about available form types.

OSF Registries is the most popular service for registering basic research.


A proven solution for registrations

OSF Registries offers

  • Findable resources with DOIs and metadata shared with DataCite
  • Ability to upload files or add other content
  • Contributor management to give your team access when they need it
  • Accessible registrations: Studies can be made public immediately or embargoed for up to 4 years
  • A project space for managing the research project after preregistration. Upload data, code, and other materials related to your work, and share your preprint when you’ve finished. Learn more about managing your workflow with and OSF Preprints.

You set the standards. We’ve built the infrastructure.


OSF Registries are customized and branded to meet the standards that you set. You are the discipline experts. Your registry will reflect the high expectations of transparency and rigor that you have.

Branded registries are built on the OSF infrastructure: secure, open source, and flexible. Get in touch to learn how OSF Registries can support your community today.


We'd like to thank the contributions of the following individuals who have advised on all aspects of OSF Registries.


Stuart Buck - Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Chris Chambers - Registered Reports, Cardiff University

Ben Goldacre - University of Oxford

Matt Lisiecki - EGAP, UC Berkeley

Brendan Nyhan - Dartmouth College

Mario Picon - RIDIE, 3ie

Jessaca Spybrook - IES, Western Michigan University

James Turitto - Poverty Action Lab

Coosje Veldkamp - Utrecht University

Deborah Zarin - (formerly)