What is Open Science?

Open Science refers to methods to create valid and reliable  research. These tools and ideas support transparency, openness, and reproducibility in the scientific field and are applied to different stages of the scientific cycle. An example is pre-registering your research, which includes specifying the hypotheses (and, where possible, direction) and your planned analysis. The idea is that all additional analyses are then considered “exploratory” to make a clear distinction between initial hypotheses and post-hoc analyses and interpretation. Another important aspect is to promote sharing your data and the materials used in your research online with other researchers to allow a direct replication. There are many more tools, ideas and methods we would like to inform you about. If you would like to get more information about Open Science, please check our More Information page.

Why is Open Science important for students?

We students are the future researchers. By teaching each other about Open Science, we can avoid questionable research practices in the future. We can develop skill such as pre-registration and programming that are helpful tools in a career as researcher.

Some of us are also the future therapists, biologists, data analysts, and other applied scientists. Work in these areas should also be strongly based on scientific research and ,therefore, we should be able to tell the difference between good and questionable research to apply the best practices.

We believe that teaching students about Open Science is an important step towards more reliable science.

References

  • Nosek, B. A., Alter, G., Banks, G. C., Borsboom, D., Bowman, S. D., Breckler, S. J., … & Contestabile, M. (2015). Promoting an open research culture. Science348(6242), 1422-1425.