Framework for
Open and
Reproducible
Research
Training

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Publications, Preprints & Policy



FORRT’s Manifesto | Main Manuscript


We have written a manuscript entitled Introducing a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT) describing the importance of integrating open scholarship into higher education, its benefits and challenges, as well as about FORRT initiatives aiming to support educators in this endeavor.

The preprint can be found here (osf.io/bnh7p).

Status: Our manuscript is currently under review. Cite as:

Azevedo, F., Parsons, S., Micheli, L., Strand, J., Rinke, E., … & FORRT (2019, December 13). Introducing a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT). https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/bnh7p


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FORRT’s Glossary


We have conducted an open educational resource project FORRT’s Glossary in response to the varied and plural new terminology introduced by the open scholarship movement, which has transformed academia’s lexicon, to facilitate education and effective communication between experts and newcomers. We have written a manuscript entitled A Community-Sourced Glossary of Open Scholarship Terms presenting the beta 0.1 version of our glossary of open scholarship terms to facilitate education and effective communication between experts and newcomers.

The preprint can be found here.

Status: Our manuscript is currently under review. Cite as:

Parsons, S., Azevedo, F., Elsherif, M. M., Guay, S., Shahim, O. N., Govaart, G. H., Norris, E., O’Mahony, A., Parker, A. J., Todorovic, A., Pennington, C. R., Garcia-Pelegrin, E., Lazić, A., Robertson, O. M., Middleton, S. L., Valentini, B., McCuaig, J., Baker, B. J., Collins, E., … Aczel, B. (2021). A Community-Sourced Glossary of Open Scholarship Terms.

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FORRT’s Lesson Plans


Despite the growing awareness of the benefits of training reproducible methods within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, there remains a lack of systematic incorporation of open scholarship practices in taught courses across Higher Education. While the potential reasons for this are diverse, one reason may be the dearth of available ready-to-use educational resources. To support instructors aiming to bridge that gap, FORRT’s community built open educational resources that can be integrated into taught courses ‘out of the box’. As creating or changing course content can be onerous and time-consuming, we aimed to make evidence-based, high-quality lesson plans and activities available to teaching faculty, thus reducing the labour required to develop and implement open scholarship content. We compiled lesson plans and activities, and categorized them based on their theme, learning outcome, and method of delivery, which are made publicly available here: FORRT’s Lesson Plans.

The preprint can be found here (https://psyarxiv.com/fgv79/).

Status: This paper is in press at Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Cite as:

Pownall, M., Azevedo, F., Aldoh, A., Elsherif, M. M., Vasilev, M. R., Pennington, C. R., … Parsons, S. (in press). Embedding open and reproducible science into teaching: A bank of lesson plans and resources. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/stl0000307 [https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/fgv79]

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The Role of Pedagogical Communities


We have written a manuscript entitled Towards a culture of open scholarship: The role of pedagogical communities describing (a) the the need to integrate open scholarship principles into research training within higher education; (b) the benefit of pedagogical communities and the role they play in fostering an inclusive culture of open scholarship; and (c) call for greater collaboration with pedagogical communities, paving the way for a much needed integration of top-down and grassroot open scholarship initiatives.

The preprint can be found here.

Status: Our manuscript is currently under review. Cite as:

Azevedo, F., Liu, M., Pennington, C. R., Pownall, M., Evans, T. R., Parsons, S., Elsherif, M. M., Micheli, L., Westwood, S., & FORRT. (2021). Towards a culture of open scholarship: The role of pedagogical communities.


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Policy | Building Community


FORRT responded to the the call from the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on for evidence on reproducibility and research integrity, and the roles different institutions play in this arguing that one important component of research integrity that is often absent from discussion: the pedagogical consequences of how we teach, mentor, and supervise students through open scholarship. Our argument boils down to ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’

The submission can be found here.

Status: Our submission is currently being considered by the UK’s Parliament Science and Technology Committee. Cite as:

Azevedo, F., Liu, M., Pennington, C. R., Pownall, M., Evans, T. R., Parsons, S., Elsherif, M. M., Micheli, L., Moreau, D., & FORRT. (2021). Towards a culture of open scholarship: The role of pedagogical communities. (Report No. RRE0080). Written evidence on reproducibility and research integrity. UK Parliament. [ UK Parliament, PDF, html]


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Policy | Briefing Note for Degree Accrediting Societies


We have written to UKRN (UK’s Reproducibility Network) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) a short note on our organization and goals, as well as providing 3 (three) recommendations:

  1. We ask that degree accrediting societies and higher education institutions endorse FORRT as a valuable tool for educators. Both as an educational self-assessment of current teaching content, and as a resource for successful implemented pedagogies.
  2. We ask that degree accrediting societies and higher education institutions support and promote the opening of teaching materials, to support educators to integrate principles of open and reproducible research in their own teaching and mentoring materials.
  3. We ask that representatives from degree accrediting societies and higher education institutions meet with FORRT to discuss partnerships and shared educational aspirations with FORRT.

The briefing note can be found here.

Status: Our briefing note was informative to UKRN & the British Psychological Society. Cite as:

Parsons, S., Azevedo, F., & FORRT (2020). Briefing note for degree accrediting societies. Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training. https://forrt.org/publications


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Ongoing Projects


Currently, we are preparing three additional manuscripts.

  • As part of FORRT’s Reversals & Replication initiative, Helena Hartmann, Alaah Aldoh, Meng Liu, Shilaan Alzahawi, Mahmoud Elsherif, Gavin Leech, Flavio Azevedo and others, are in the initial stages of writing a manuscript on Reversals in Social Sciences. As an open, crowd-sourced project, we are actively seeking collaborators wishing to help us with manuscript writing and project management. If you want to contribute or learn more about the project, join the project’s Slack channel, or email us at reversals@forrt.org.

  • As part of FORRT’s Impact on Students initiative, Madeleine Pownall and Flavio Azevedo, along with a team of 80+ authors from the community, are writing up a manuscript on The impact of open and reproducible scholarship on students’ attitudes, outcomes, and engagement: A review and synthesis of the evidence. If you want to learn more about the project, see this announcement on social media, join the project’s Slack channel, or email us at impact@forrt.org.

  • As part of FORRT’s Summaries initiative, Tamara Kalandadze, Leticia Micheli, Mahmoud Elsherif, Flavio Azevedo and others are writing a manuscript on Integrating Open Scholarship into Teaching and Mentoring: Introducing Community-Sourced Summaries of Open Scholarship literature. As an open, crowd-sourced project, we are open to adding collaborators wishing to help us with manuscript writing and project management. If interested, please contact the authors via the project’s Slack channel, or email us at summaries@forrt.org.