Registered Reports Workshop 2018

January 25, 2018 – January 26, 2018

Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)

Event location: University of Trier, Campus I
1 PM, January 25th (Room C9) - 12 PM, January 26th (Room HS8)

‘Registered Reports’ offer a publication approach to the psychological scientific community that emphasizes the importance of the research question and the quality of the methodology prior to data collection.

The format requires authors of empirical studies to preregister their study protocol including hypotheses, details concerning sample size and sampling methods, and the analysis plan. The submission of an empirical study outline is followed by a standard peer review process determining the quality of research methodology. If the study is accepted as a ‘Registered Report’, publication is granted to the authors irrespective of the outcomes. This publication process seeks to prevent questionable research practices such as low statistical power, changing hypotheses retrospectively to fit obtained data (“HARKing”), selective reporting of results, manipulation of methods and criteria of analysis (“p-hacking”), and publication bias. The publication format of ‘Registered Reports’ thus rewards adhering to the hypothetico-deductive model of the scientific method, while allowing complete flexibility in conducting and reporting additional exploratory (unregistered post-hoc) analyses. ‘Registered Reports’ promote the trustworthiness and replicability of psychological research - two essential goals of the Open Science movement.

In order to establish ‘Registered Reports’ and pre-registration of empirical studies in the scientific community, it is essential to develop and offer an infrastructure that fulfils the needs of the research community in psychology. This workshop addressed and discussed the following questions:

  • How can authors be encouraged to preregister their studies (reward system)?
  • What are potential tools and guidelines to support authors to preregister their studies (e.g., submission forms, best practice examples and resources)?
  • How shall the submission process for preregistered studies look like ideally?
  • What happens if authors have to deviate from the preregistered methodology?
  • Which basic principles, procedures, and guidelines should publishers follow?

Potential implementation models were presented and discussed with regard to their advantages and disadvantages.


Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Michael Bosnjak and Erich Weichselgartner, Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID), which is hosting the journal 'Registered Reports in Psychology'.


To view the final program of the workshop, click here.



Workshop materials:

Workshop overview & information

Keynote Talk Chris Chambers: Video / Slides

Chris Chambers at ZPID: Registered Reports as a vaccine against research bias

Keynote Talk Joseph Cesario: Video

Joseph Cesario at ZPID: A view of peer-reviewed preregistration from CRSP

This event was sponsored by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0

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