Some of the world's leading journals are taking steps to maximize the transparency and reproducibility of science by promoting the preregistration of research. Those journals include
- Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
- Journal of Memory and Language
- Memory & Cognition
- Nature & Nature Research Journals
- Proceedings of the NAS
- Brain and Behavior
- Cognition & Emotion
- Learning & Behavior
- PLOS Biology
- Psychological Science
Why Should Research be Preregistered?
When research is preregistered, there is an advanced commitment before data are gathered. 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 results. Removing potential conflicts through planning improves the quality and transparency of research, helping others who may wish to build on it.
The Center for Open Science (COS) is promoting preregistration through its Preregistration Challenge. The COS is giving away $1,000 to 1,000 researchers who preregister their projects before they publish them!
Publishers can support this initiative by reaching out to authors and promoting the challenge. Following is an introductory video that explains the challenge and you can learn more by clicking here.