About us

Advocating for the integration of open and reproducible science into higher education



In a nutshell, FORRT is a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training advancing research transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics through pedagogical reform and meta-scientific research.

FORRT provides a pedagogical infrastructure and open educational resources designed to support the teaching and mentoring of open and reproducible science. FORRT strives to (a) raise awareness of the pedagogical implications of open and reproducible science and its associated challenges (i.e., curricular reform, epistemological uncertainty, methods of education); (c) respond to calls to consider open scholarship as inclusive scholarship; (c) advocate for the opening and formal recognition of teaching and mentoring materials to facilitate access, discovery, and learning to those who otherwise would be educationally disenfranchised.

Here’s a 5 minutes introduction to FORRT



What are FORRT goals?

  1. Build together with educators a pathway towards the incremental adoption of open scholarship practices into higher education
  2. Generate a conversation about the ethics and social impact of a higher-education pedagogy that emphasizes openness, epistemic uncertainty and research credibility
  3. Promote a reflection about the perceived importance of different academic activities and advocate for greater recognition of educational resources

Want to learn more about us?

Our community has published meta-scientific peer-reviewed papers & policies (and we also have ongoing manuscripts being written) so please consider reading our award-winning scholarship at the FORRT’s Publications page.

If you’re looking for open educational resources, please take a look at our Educational Nexus and our FORRT Pedagogies.

For more information about our goals and values, read our Mission Statement, Code of Conduct, and our quest towards Principled Teaching and Mentoring.

If you’re looking for information about who we are or our organizational structure, take a look the teams that compose FORRT, the institutions and initiatives with which we are partners, and our community members.

Would you like to get involved more with FORRT? Check out our getting involved page!

Would you like to help us be or do better? Give us (anonymous) feedback in our feedback page.


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History

This project was initiated at the 2018 meeting of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science in the “Teaching replicable and reproducible science” hackathon led by Kristen Lane and Heather Urry. The initial framework was developed in a subsequent working group consisting of: Flávio Azevedo, Sam Parsons, Carl Michael Galang, Kristin Lane, Lisa DeBruine, Benjamin Le, Donald Tellinghuisen, and Madeline Harms (we apologise if we have missed anybody - please let us know). If you are interested in learning about how FORRT developed and matured, our first website is still online. Fun fact, FORRT was ‘born’ at Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at approximately 4pm local time.