FORRT is indebted to many organizations which lent their support to our organization. We list below our formal partners, which not only are sources of inspiration but share our mission to help promote systemic change towards integration open and reproducible science into higher education.
Founded in 2013, COS is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools, including the Open Science Framework (OSF).
Many things about research can be improved, but too often we get stuck in preventing negative things from happening. Liberate Science (est. 2019) is about growing positive alternatives to enable a better research environment. This is both for the research itself and the researcher, no matter the topic or where the researcher may be. Liberate Science’s main project is ResearchEquals, a modular publishing platform. This helps researchers document, communicate, and get credit for each step of the research process, not only the final report. Join our Discord channel if you’d like to talk with us!
The ReproducibiliTea (UKRN) is an ECR-led grassroots initiative that helps researchers create local Open Science journal clubs at their universities. Local journal clubs help build community for those interested in discussing diverse issues around open and reproducible research, improving research quality, research integrity, and more. Local members take ownership of how their journal club runs; whether they focus on reading and discussing papers (e.g. using RTea’s reading lists), or holding workshops and tutorials, and even hosting guest speakers. Started in early 2018 at the University of Oxford, ReproducibiliTea has now spread to over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. ReproducibiliTea is completely volunteer run, and seeks to provide a unique and supportive community for members, who are predominantly Early Career Researchers.
The UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) is a national peer-led consortium that aims to ensure the UK retains its place as a centre for world-leading research. We do this by investigating the factors that contribute to robust research, promoting training activities, and disseminating best practice. UKRN also works collaboratively with various external stakeholders to ensure coordination of efforts across the sector. UKRN seeks to understand the factors that contribute to poor research reproducibility and replicability, and develop approaches to counter these, in order to improve the trustworthiness and quality of research. These issues affect all disciplines, so we aim for broad disciplinary representation.
Project TIER promotes the integration of principles of transparency and reproducibility in the quantitative methods training of undergraduate and graduate students. Project TIER is guided by the vision that students should be taught to use reproducible methods whenever they work with statistical data. Reproducibility should be integrated into introductory courses in statistics or data analysis, reinforced at all levels of the quantitative methods curriculum, and ultimately adopted by students when they conduct research for theses, dissertations, or other independent projects. To pursue this vision, Project TIER’s strategy is to focus on supporting instructors who wish to incorporate transparency and reproducibility in their teaching and research supervision. The primary activities include developing standards and curriculum for reproducible research, and then disseminating those resources to instructors via the TIER website, conferences and symposia, and faculty development workshops.
The German Reproducibility Network (GRN) is a cross-disciplinary consortium that aims to increase trustworthiness and transparency of scientific research by investigating and encouraging the factors that contribute to robust research. We promote training activities and disseminate best practices, conduct and support meta-scientific research, and work with stakeholders to ensure coordination of efforts. GRN’s activities span multiple levels, including researchers, institutions and other stakeholders (e.g., funders, publishers, and Academic Societies).
The ReplicationWiki serves as a database of empirical studies in the social sciences. It informs about the availability of replication material for them and categorizes them by keywords, methods used, sources, type and geographic origin of data used, and by software used. It lists replication studies and their types and results as well as corrections and retractions. More than 4,600 studies are already listed as well as over 700 replications. The database helps social scientists to see which results have already been tested independently and how replications are published. For instructors it helps to easily identify practical examples, e.g., that for which a method was used that they want to teach and for which data and code are available in a software they can use with their students.
PaPOR TRaIL is a free course on open research for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is a self-paced online course that students can take independently and/or that can be embedded in exiting research curricula. Students can first complete an introductory module that providing a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of open research. Following completion of this module, students can choose to complete any/all of six skill-based sections that demonstrate how to do the following open research practices. The six skills-based modules include: research integrity; pre-registration; research data management; reproducible practices; open reporting; open knowledge dissemination.
The Stanford Big Team Science (BiTS) Lab was established in 2021 to facilitate conversations between members of large-scale collaborations (both at Stanford and beyond) and to advance the work done by these groups. Affiliate organizations are Affiliate organizations FORRT, Lookit, ManyBabies, ManyBirds, ManyDogs, ManyPrimates, Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), and Strengthening Democracy Challenge. Check out their events on Authorship in Big Team Science.
The Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CREP) has as a mission to provide training, support, and professional growth opportunities for students and instructors completing replication projects, while also addressing the need for direct and direct+ replications of highly-cited studies in psychology (broadly). Check out their OSF Repository to get started or contact them at CREP.Psych@gmail.com.
The Nowhere Lab is an online community for people who would like the lab meeting experience but don’t currently have one. Nowhere Lab holds weekly meetings and has an active Slack. Nowhere Lab has members from across all populated continents and career stages: undergraduate students, master’s students, Ph.D. students, postdocs, faculty members, and people working outside academia.
ABRIR (Advancing Big-team Reproducible science through Increased Representation) was established as a response to the global need of increasing representation in how we conduct open and big-team science, and as a necessity to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in psychological science. It was ‘born’ during the PSACON2021, when five psychological researchers from different parts of the world (Asia, East Europe and Latin America) gathered and discussed the position of researchers from low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). They concluded that researchers from LMIC face unique challenges when fulfilling participatory or leadership roles in big-team and open science networks. Likewise, large psychology consortia struggle to recruit participants and researcher leadership beyond WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialist, Rich & Democratic) populations.
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The BordeauxTea is a journal club organized in monthly sessions in which students and young researchers discuss various topics related to Open Science around a warm cup of tea. It is based in Bordeaux (France), and part of the Neurocampus Graduate Program PhD training (Université de Bordeaux). Moreover, the BordeauxTea stems from the ReproducibiliTea initiative—a worldwide Open Science initiative spread to more than 138 institutions in 26 countries.
Meta-psychology special issue
We have partnered with the journal Meta-Psychology and the Psychological Science Accelerator to work on a recurring special issue. The call will request teaching materials, including pedagogical considerations, for the Educational NEXUS. This also sets the stage for our vision of academia in which the creation and maintenance of teaching resources are more valued - changing the publication’s structure to include these excellent and open resources.
Center for Open Science - OSKB & COSGN
We are partnering up with OSKB ( Open Science Knowledge Base) to coordinate the alignment of our meta-data on educational materials so that we share our resources and community. To that end, FORRT will have a community in OSKB’s home ( OER Commons) and enrich data and reduced redundant work. FORRT also joined COS network-of-networks or Community of Open Scholarship Grassroots Networks ( COSGN). These partnerships aim to help build a community of existing educational initiatives, strengthening our missions, and streamline the advancement of open and reproducible educational practices.