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The Latest Discussions in Open Science, Presented by Diverse Voices Within the Research Community.

We invite you to be a part of the conversations leading the open science movement today. COS webinars feature contributors from across the research community who address the emerging insights, challenges, and opportunities embedded in open science efforts.

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September 28: Improving research rigor and discoverability through OSF Registries

Preregistration of study designs and analysis plans reduces publication bias and clarifies confirmatory and exploratory aspects of research by making all studies on a topic discoverable.

Join us to learn how OSF Registries makes it possible for communities to customize preregistration workflows with templates, metadata, and branding. These customized branded registries can support funders with the infrastructure to implement new open science policies and track compliance, as well as allow communities to demonstrate their adoption of open practices.

October 7: Streamline your research workflow using OSF and storage integrations

Open Science accelerates the discovery of cures and advances new knowledge by improving the rigor and transparency of research and resusabilty of resulting data, materials, and code. But acceleration requires efficiency in managing the research lifecycle with integrated tools that work together to reduce the burden on investigators to manage, collaborate, and share as they work.

OSF provides the interface for research collaboration, with increased efficiency for the research team through integrated storage provider tools and citation managers.

Join us as we get familiar with the OSF project interface, understand how it can accelerate collaboration, transparency, sharing, and reuse of research outputs, and take a deep dive into integrations that connect directly into OSF for efficiency in researcher workflows.

Coming Soon: Empirical Evidence About Registered Reports: What We Know and What We Don't Know

Join us for an overview of the existing evidence about the effectiveness of Registered Reports and the roadmap of current and future research being conducted.

Past Webinars
OSF Collections: supporting research discoverability and reuse for societies, funders, journals, and communities

The OSF Collections repository platform supports the discoverability and reuse of research by enabling the aggregation of related projects across OSF.

With OSF Collections, any funder, journal, society, or research community can show their commitment to scientific integrity by aggregating the open outputs from their disciplines, grantees, journal articles, or more. Learn how research collections can foster new norms for sharing, collaboration, and reproducibility.

We also provide a demo of how OSF Collections aggregates and hosts your research by discipline, funded outcomes, project type, journal issue, and more.

Institutions Supporting Collaborations

Many in the research community are adapting to conducting work remotely in 2020. Institutional priorities have shifted in response to our current global reality, and the commitment to supporting researchers with resources and training has evolved to include greater emphasis on tools for effective collaboration and research management. Libraries, offices of research, provosts, and department heads are finding exciting ways to keep their important research moving forward.

Join the OSFI membership community as we explore cases of institutional collaboration from across the globe, including citizen science projects, course management, data management instruction, and more.

Pre-results Review in Economics: Lessons Learned from Setting up Registered Reports

Hear from Andrew Foster, editor at the Journal of Development Economics, and Irenaeus Wolff, a guest editor for Experimental Economics, as they discuss their experiences with implementing the Registered Reports format, how it was received by authors, and the trends they noticed after adoption. Aleksandar Bogdanoski of BITSS also joins us to explore pre-results review, how to facilitate the process at journals, and best practices for supporting authors and reviewers.

Supporting Open Science Data Curation, Preservation, and Access by Libraries

Openness in research can lead to greater reproducibility, an accelerated pace of discovery, and decreased redundancy of effort. In addition, open research ensures equitable access to knowledge and the ability for any community to assess, interrogate, and build upon prior work. It also requires open infrastructure and distributed access; but few institutions can provide all of these services alone. Providing a trustworthy network for perpetual availability of research data is critical to ensuring reproducibility, transparency, and ongoing inquiry.

Increased attention on the importance of open research and data sharing has led to a proliferation of platforms to store data, materials, etc., with limited technical integration. This can hinder data sharing, but also complicate coordination with local library expertise and services, thus hampering curation and long-term stewardship.

For example, the open source OSF enables researchers to directly create and manage research projects and integrates with other tools researchers use (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc.), but lacks the ability to archive that material locally at a researcher’s institution. Long-term stewardship and preservation requires multiple copies of data archived in different locations, and creating archives seamlessly would be ideal.

COS and IA are working together to address these preservation and stewardship challenges by providing open, cooperative infrastructure to ensure long-term access and connection to research data, and by supporting and promoting adoption of open science practices to enhance research reproducibility as well as data sharing and reuse.

In this webinar, attendees will learn about both the technical and practical aspects of this collaborative project connecting the researcher tool OSF and the preservation system of Internet Archive. We demonstrate how researchers can improve the openness and reproducibility of their research through preregistration, and how those preregistrations are preserved with Internet Archive. We answer questions and explore use cases for how this powerful workflow can support library curation and stewardship of open research.

Optimizing Research Collaboration

In our first OSF Institutions webinar, we discuss the Center for Open Science’s ongoing mission to provide community and technical resources to support your commitments to rigorous, transparent research practices, as well as demonstrate the OSF tools available for contributors, labs, centers, and institutions that support stronger collaborations.

We share useful practices like: contributor management, the OSF wiki as an electronic lab notebook, using OSF to manage online courses and syllabi, and more. Finally, we look at how OSF Institutions can provide discovery and intelligence gathering infrastructure so that you can focus on conducting and supporting exceptional research.

Registered Reports Q&A Series: III

Registered Reports Chair Chris Chambers and COS Director of Policy Initiatives David Mellor answer questions about writing, reviewing, editing, and funding studies using the Registered Report format.

Building an Open Scholarship Knowledge Base Together

The growing adoption of transparent practices is due in large part to the quality of resources assembled by the open research community. However, the discoverability of these materials is in need of significant improvement for the sake of researchers and stakeholders searching for best practices according to their disciplines and research stages.

The Open Scholarship Knowledge Base will centralize and contextualize the vast network of open scholarship training and educational resources in one place. But the initiative relies heavily on the research communities well versed in transparent practice.

In this webinar, learn how you can collaborate with the teams working to curate, review, and contribute resources for the purpose of accessible instruction in open research best practices for all.

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Optimizing Research Collaboration for Remote Teams

Many in the global research community are adapting to conducting work remotely while exploring the best ways to maintain collaboration with colleagues across teams and institutions.

Join us as we discuss the OSF tools available for contributors, labs, centers, and institutions that support stronger collaborations.

We share demonstrations covering: contributor management, the OSF wiki as an electronic lab notebook, how to affiliate research projects for institution-wide discovery, using OSF to manage online courses and syllabi, and more. Plus, see examples from the research teams optimizing their workflows for inclusive collaboration and efficient data management.

Getting Involved in TOP Factor

This webinar provides an overview of TOP Factor: its rationale, how it is being used, and how each of the TOP standards relate to individual scores. We also cover how to get involved with TOP Factor by inviting interested community members to suggest journals be added to the database and/or evaluate journal policies for submission.

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The What, Why, and How of Preregistration

More researchers are preregistering their studies as a way to combat publication bias and improve the credibility of research findings. Preregistration is at its core designed to distinguish between confirmatory and exploratory results. Both are important to the progress of science, but when they're conflated, problems arise. Join us to discuss the What, Why, and How of preregistration and what it means for the future of science.

Registered Reports Q&A Series: II

Registered Reports Chair Chris Chambers and Director of Policy Initiatives David Mellor answer questions about writing, reviewing, editing, and funding studies using the Registered Report format.

Workflow for Awarding Badges

Badges are a great way to signal that a journal values transparent research practices. Readers see the papers that have underlying data or methods available, colleagues see that norms are changing within a community and have ample opportunities to emulate better practices, and authors get recognition for taking a step into new techniques. This webinar overviews the workflow of a badging program, eligibility for badge issuance, and the pitfalls to avoid in launching a badging program.

Registered Reports Q&A Series: I

This webinar address questions regarding writing, reviewing, editing, or funding a study using the Registered Report format, featuring Chris Chambers and David Mellor. Slides available here.

An Introduction to Registered Reports for the Research Funder Community

In this webinar, Doctors David Mellor (Center for Open Science) and Stavroula Kousta (Nature Human Behavior) discuss the Registered Reports publishing workflow and the benefits it may bring to funders of research. Dr. Mellor details the workflow and what it is intended to do, and Dr. Kousta discusses the lessons learned at Nature Human Behavior from their efforts to implement Registered Reports as a journal.

How to Use OSF as an Electronic Lab Notebook

This webinar outlines how to use the free Open Science Framework as an Electronic Lab notebook for personal work or private collaborations. Fundamental features covered include how to record daily activity, how to store images or arbitrary data files, how to invite collaborators, how to view old versions of files, and how to connect all this usage to more complex structures that support the full work of a lab across multiple projects and experiments.

Advancing Science in Indonesia: Current Global Research Practices

“Advancing Science in Indonesia” discusses the fundamental strategies for improving the quality of research outputs in Indonesia, including: mastering basic research skills (for example, literature review skills, analyzing and interpreting data, etc.); encouraging the creation of a research ecosystem whose main focus is on credibility, transparency, and scientific rigor; and more.

Being a Reviewer or Editor for Registered Reports

Experienced Registered Reports editors and reviewers come together to discuss the format and best practices for handling submissions. Learn more about what editors are looking for from reviewers, practical guidelines for writing a Registered Report, and more.

Advocating for Change in How Science is Conducted to Level the Playing Field

In this webinar, a panel of experienced policy advocates discuss how to advocate for policy improvements at the institutional level (journals, funders, and universities), while providing you with the tools to do so. Open practice policies are leveling the playing field for how science is conducted, yet advocating for these improvements requires coordinated action.

Local Grassroots Networks Engaging Open Science in Their Communities

"Local Grassroots Networks" features insights from international panelists currently nurturing culture change in research among their local communities.

Representatives from the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), the Open Science Community Utrecht (OSCU), and the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Sciences (BITSS) discuss the formation of their respective grassroots networks, the communities involved, and the activities they conduct to foster culture change toward open science and reproducible research practices.

The discussion also highlights opportunities for communication and collaboration across networks and the shared values and goals of networks across geographies and disciplines.

Meeting the Requirements of Funders Around Open Science: Open Resources and Processes for Education Researchers

Expectations by funders for transparent and reproducible methods are on the rise. This session covers expectations for preregistration, data sharing, and open access results of three key funders of education research including the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Arnold Ventures. Presenters cover practical resources for meeting these requirements such as the Registry for Efficacy and Effectiveness Studies (REES), the Open Science Framework (OSF), and EdArXiv.

Webinars and tutorials from before 2019 can be found on our YouTube channel.

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