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2014

Research Transparency Forum

December 11-12, 2014 | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA | Download the Agenda

Description

The movement towards more transparency, reproducibility, and openness has gained a lot momentum in the social sciences. Yet, the norms and institutions that govern academic research do not reflect this culture shift. Significant problems remain, including professional incentives that reward striking and statistically significant research findings at the expense of scientific integrity.

Increasing the reliability and accuracy of scientific evidence requires well-defined standards of methodological rigor. At the same time, new tools and strategies to increase transparency must be integrated into existing research workflows to facilitate adoption. As the social sciences reinvent their practices around data, it is absolutely the right moment to build new channels of collaboration, cross-learning, and dissemination for innovative, open research practices.

The two-day conference brought together academic leaders, scholarly publishers, and policy-makers to discuss recent innovations in journal practices, academic training, data sharing, and evidence-based policy in light of the push for increased transparency.

The event was organized by BITSS in partnership with the Center for Effective Global Action, the Center for Open Science, D-Lab, The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Meeting Resources

Presentation slides are available for download on the Open Science Framework.

Speakers

Paper Presentations

  • Neil Malhotra (Stanford University): “Publication Bias in the Social Sciences: Unlocking the File Drawer”
  • Uri Simonsohn (University of Pennsylvania): “False-positive Economics”
  • Maya Petersen (UC Berkeley): “Data-adaptive Pre-specification for Experimental and Observational data”
  • Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan) and Colin Elman (Syracuse University): “Data Access, Research Transparency, and the Political Science Editors’ Joint Statement”
  • Jan Höffler (University of Göttingen): “ReplicationWiki: A Tool to Assemble Information on Replications and Replicability of Published Research”
  • Garret Christensen (BITSS): “A Manual of Best Practices for Transparent Research”

Videos