Conducting Research in Modern Society

Societal pressure to publish new or novel research findings has contributed to public concerns and criticisms about the credibility of scientific studies. David Mellor, Project Manager at the Center for Open Science, will help educate researchers about reproducibility and transparency, ultimately producing research that is more effective at solving problems.

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute invites researchers across campus to learn more about issues in research design, development, and publication, and the tools available through the Center for Open Science. Please join this exciting day of education for all members of the scientific community. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Workshop and Breakfast: Open Science for Journal Editors
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
I Hotel, Humanities Room

The Center for Open Science advocates for policies that make science more transparent, such as sharing data and code, and preregistering studies. These policies, laid out in the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, provide a resource to journals, publishers, and funders to make science more reproducible. All of the actions covered under TOP are enabled by the Open Science Framework (OSF), a free and open source tool for the scientific community. This free workshop is focused for researchers serving editor and associate editor roles, and registration is required.
1) Introductions
2) Center for Open Science mission and strategy
3) Open science policies: data sharing, preregistration, Registered Reports, badging
4) Discussion, Q&A, next steps

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Workshop: Reproducibility for Early Career Researchers
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Illini Union, Room 314B

The Center for Open Science builds and maintains the free and open source Open Science Framework (OSF) to make managing reproducible studies easier. The Center for Open Science advocates for and enables more open science by making data sharing and preregistration easy. Learn about reproducibility, connecting complex workflows, basics to using the OSF, and increasing the credibility of your research findings with preregistration. This free workshop is focused for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral students, and registration is required.
1) Introductions
2) Connecting complex workflows online
3) Using the OSF for reproducible science
4) Preregistration
5) Discussion, Q&A

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Keynote: Making Science Transparent by Default
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Biases that favor novel and significant findings, combined with unreported flexibility in data analysis that undermines hypothesis testing, leads to research that is not as reproducible as it should be. Improving science requires building a culture that rewards scientific ideals, transparency and rigor, over secrecy and novelty. The Center for Open Science works to make this vision a reality by enabling transparency with technology and rewarding transparency with incentives and policy. Registration is appreciated, but not required to attend.

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About the Speaker
David Mellor received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. His research interests cover the behavioral ecology of cichlid fish, citizen science, and reproducibility. David leads the incentive programs at the Center for Open Science, whose strategy is to improve rigor by aligning scientific rewards in publishing and funding with transparent research practices. Implementing practices covered by the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines include specifying in advance how data will be collected and analyzed with preregistration, conducting peer review before results are known with Registered Reports, and signaling adherence to best practices with badges. Find David online or on Twitter @EvoMellor.