Preregistration makes your science better.

Increase the credibility of your research with preregistration. Preregistered research that is published by December 31, 2018 can be eligible for a $1,000 prize.

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What is Preregistration?

When you preregister your research, you're simply committing to your plan in advance, before you gather data. Preregistration separates hypothesis-generating  (exploratory) from hypothesis-testing (confirmatory) research. Both are important, but the same data cannot be used to generate and test a hypothesis, which can happen unintentionally and reduce the clarity and quality of your results. Removing these potential conflicts through planning improves the quality and transparency of your research, helping others who may wish to build on it.

For additional insight and context, you can read The Preregistration Revolution

Watch a quick overview video here. 

When Should You Preregister?

  • Right before your next round of data collection
  • After you are asked to collect more data in peer review
  • Before you begin analysis of an existing data set

Why Preregister?

  • Makes your science better by increasing the credibility of your results
  • Allows you to stake your claim to your ideas earlier
  • It’s easy and you can win a $1,000 prize for publishing the results of your preregistered research. 

Many of the world's top educational institutions are improving the quality and credibility of their research through preregistration. Is yours?

Still have questions? You can find a list of our partner journals, templates, and guides on this resources page

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