Transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility are core values of science, but not always part of daily practice. Registered Reports are a publication format that emphasize the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting the peer review prior to data collection and analysis. Accepted papers then are virtually guaranteed publication in the journal if the authors follow through with the registered methodology.
“Registered Reports eliminates the bias against negative results in publishing because the results are not known at the time of review,” said Daniel Simons, Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and co-editor of Registered Replication Reports at Perspectives on Psychological Science.
Chris Chambers, Professor at Cardiff University, section editor at Cortex and Royal Society Open Science, and chair of the Registered Reports Committee supported by the Center for Open Science (COS) adds, “Because the study is accepted in advance, the incentives for authors change from producing the most beautiful story to producing the most accurate one.”
Two articles provide an introduction to the Registered Reports concept: one is an introduction to a special issue of 15 Registered Reports in Social Psychology (Nosek & Lakens, 2014), the other is an introduction to Registered Reports for AIMS Neuroscience including answers to 25 common questions about Registered Reports (Chambers, Feredoes, Muthukumaraswamy, & Etchells, 2014). Chris Chambers provides an update on how the Registered Reports initiative is making an impact in this article in Editors' Update.
Find published Registered Reports in this collection.
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