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.

April 16: 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’ll 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.

How has your collaboration workflow been impacted by remote communications? Take this brief survey to share the challenges you're facing, as well as the processes and tools helping you move forward.

May 12: 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.

Tune in to 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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May 14: Registered Reports Q&A Series III

Do you have questions about writing, reviewing, editing, or funding a study using the Registered Report format? Join us for a 1 hour live Q&A about Registered Reports with Chris Chambers and David Mellor. Submit your questions on Twitter ahead of time by using the hashtag #RegReportQA.

Coming Soon: New Releases and What’s Coming on OSF

Tune in for a first-hand look at the latest OSF Registries enhancements. We’ll demo the new streamlined registration submission interface and discuss how it supports the next phase of OSF Registries: custom branding — a solution for research groups wishing to manage registrations and affiliate materials according to content and criteria.

We’ll also overview how the feature enhancements optimize registrations for discoverability through new key fields, while improving the efficiency and quality of research.

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.

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

COS training materials and webinars are licensed CC-0 for maximum reuse.

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.

Getting Involved with 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.

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.

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

COS training materials and webinars are licensed CC-0 for maximum reuse.

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