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Openness and Reproducibility Research Practices Training

At this time and for the foreseeable future, COS will only be offering the remote option for providing training services. We believe we can effectively provide training workshops using virtual conferencing and document sharing tools for small to medium size audiences. Please don't hesitate to contact us at with any questions.

Increasing rigor often requires that researchers and labs implement new practices, learn new tools, or master unfamiliar statistical techniques. The good news is that COS offers a variety of training and consulting services to help you navigate this complexity.

We have developed a robust, pragmatic curriculum, curated from use cases developed in collaboration with the community of open researchers we engage, continuously iterating to bring forth new use cases, examples and workflows.

The introductory curriculum content will help researchers answer common questions:

  • What is reproducibility and what are the current issues and barriers?
  • What actions in the research lifecycle can be adapted to be more reproducible?
  • How will making my research reproducible help science and my career?
  • How can I increase transparency in my research workflow?
  • What is a research or data management plan and how can implement this in my research workflow?
  • What are tools that can streamline the open and transparent practices in my research workflow?
  • How can OSF help in my application of open and rigorous research practices?
  • Why is preregistration important and how can preregistration and pre-analysis planning help make my research reproducible and avoid bias?
  • How can I make my research open, share it with other researchers in my field or beyond and receive credit for my work?
  • How can I integrate tools I use in OSF to have an efficient research workflow?

Interested in having a workshop at your institution or organization? Contact us at

The two day remote workshop is designed to give individuals, lab groups, and institutions the skills they need to use OSF to manage open research workflows, collaborate with team members, and increase the visibility of their projects. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use open and reproducible research practices that can promote efficiency, increase confidence in one’s results, combat publication bias, and advance scientific knowledge
  • Understand emerging incentives for open and reproducible research practices
  • Create a collaborative project on OSF and customize it to meet specific workflow needs
  • Align their project designs with their Data Management Plan (DMP)
  • Organize multiple projects using links, templates, and forks
  • Give examples for how transparency and reproducible research practices lay the foundation for a long career

Workshop pricing:

Course Delivery Cost
Facilitator training and train the trainer (1 day) plus Introductory researcher training (1 day) Remote $2,200
Facilitator and researcher introductory training (1 day) In Person $2,500 + travel costs
Customized content Remote Depends on curriculum
Customized content In Person Depends on curriculum + travel costs


Are the Remote and In Person workshops the same?

Both options take participating researchers through the same day-long workshop on open and reproducible research. The remote workshop option contains an additional day of material meant for staff who work in a training or support capacity. This additional remote day is focused on introducing our own training support materials, examples from other campuses, and working through the tasks required of staff members who will be acting as facilitators during the workshop with researchers.

How does the remote workshop work?

The presentation and explanation portions of the workshop are handled via a video conference connection to our trainer in VA. Local facilitators work with researchers during the exercise portions of the workshop to ensure no one gets stuck, to help pass common questions or challenges over to the remote trainer so that they can be addressed for the whole group, and to help keep to the schedule by signaling the remote trainer when the room is ready for the next material. Facilitators will have participated in a dedicated training day, also remote, to work through all the exercises directly with the trainer and practice coordinating activities. Only one facilitator must be available during both days of this training though having two or three can be beneficial.

What are the minimum AV requirements for providing the remote workshop?

COS currently requests a projector be provided at the facility and will need to add at least a mic/speaker setup for audio. We will also need a machine with a wired connection for the presenter to avoid network issues.

What are the minimum preparation conditions?

COS needs to check rooms at least two days, and ideally a week, beforehand to make sure we can get a good zoom link, that audio levels can be worked out, etc.

How do we get the word out about the workshop?

COS provides a template flyer and logos available for you to freely distribute.

How do we evaluate the success of the workshops?

COS generates a standard anonymous survey for workshop participants to gauge their existing familiarity with the concepts and tools discussed, the impact of the workshop on their intention to implement various reproducibility-related practices in their research, and their general interest in additional training on these topics. We are happy to share these survey results with event organizers and/or integrate the questions into any existing training survey/feedback processes on campus.

Who are workshops best for?

Workshops are generally best for any scholars who are engaged in quantitative research, though we can give workshops that are geared towards one particular discipline, e.g. psychology, if there is demand for that. Our general audience is a combination of graduate students and faculty, and we also often have members of the library staff and research staff in attendance.

Do you allow recording of workshops?

Yes, it is fine to record a workshop and make it available later for researchers who were unable to attend the workshops.