Faster reviews, more journals, and encouragement from funders.
There are several benefits to preregistration: it helps “open the file drawer,” it clarifies the distinction between exploratory and confirmatory hypothesis testing, and it helps you improve your study designs.
Springer Nature just added over 2,100 of their journals as signatories to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, published in Science in 2015 (preprint). Let that sink in. 2,100 in a single shot.
One reason why transparency into the research process increases reproducibility is the simple clarity that comes from documenting important materials that are all too often lost. Preserved data, code, and methods allow for others to stand on your shoulders and to push knowledge into new areas.
Scientific progress can often come down to some pretty simple decisions along the way--so simple that even a second grader could understand them.
Over the past three years, we’ve seen the beginning of a culture change toward more open and transparent research practices.
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