The Preregistration Challenge was an education campaign that ended in 2019 and was supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The campaign included $1000 prizes for researchers who published the results of preregistered work. This page contains information about that campaign and will not be updated. For more about preregistration, please see cos.io/prereg
The Preregistration Challenge
Preregistration is an unfamiliar practice in many areas of science. We will give 1,000 awards of $1,000 each to promote education and experience with preregistration. Award winners will have completed a preregistration using OSF and published the results in an eligible journal. All it takes is a single experiment and its analysis to be eligible.
How to Earn the Prize
Plan your study and analyses.
Design your study and how you will analyze the data. The Preregistration workflow on OSF will guide you through study design and analysis planning. You can save your progress and return later to continue. You may also use this Google doc template or this Word template and move the content to OSF later. See this guide on using OSF.
- Submit your plan on OSF.
Once you and your collaborators complete the design and analysis plan, submit it for review to assess eligibility for the prize. We will review your plan to check for completeness and adherence to the eligibility criteria This is not peer review of your research. Once accepted, your research plan will be registered and eligible for the prize. Preregistrations must be pre-approved to be eligible.
- Do your science.
This part is all up to you!
- Analyze and write according to your preregistered plan.
Report the results of all preregistered analyses. Any additional exploratory analysis is encouraged, but must be clearly differentiated from the confirmatory analyses in your report. Include a URL link to your preregistered project on OSF.
- Submit your manuscript for publication.
Submit your manuscript to an eligible journal (view the "Eligible Journals" tab on the left).
- Submit your published article to confirm completion of the Preregistration Challenge.
As soon as your article is published online, email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that the final article meets all eligibility requirements. If it does, the article is eligible for the next prize award date.
- Receive your $1000 prize!
The 1,000 prizes will be awarded across 4 award dates. If more eligible articles are submitted than available awards during that award period, then the eligible articles will be ranked by Preregistration date with earlier registrations being awarded first. Non-awarded entries will remain in the eligible pool for the next award date:
- July 1, 2017: up to 100 Prizes
- January 1, 2018: up to 100 Prizes
- July 1, 2018: up to 250 Prizes
- December 31, 2018: All remaining Prizes