Registered Reports (RR) involve peer review of study designs and analysis plans prior to data collection. Reviewers evaluate the importance of the research question and quality of the design. Accepted proposals are published if they adhere to the proposal regardless of the outcome. RRs address challenges of publishing of negative results, lowers barrier to conducting worthwhile replications, obtains pre-commitment from reviewers on quality of design, and produces strong confirmatory tests.
A COS Community maintains an information commons about RRs, promotes adoption, and evaluates publishing model. COS also offers registration services through OSF. Journals can adopt Registered Reports as a submission option. See examples of this model in action at Social Psychology, eLife, and Perspectives on Psychological Science.