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The Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science

BITSS Prize Flyer

Transparent research is integral to the validity of social science. Especially when this research informs policy and affects the lives of millions around the world.

Today, researchers are not explicitly rewarded for disclosing their data collection and analysis methods, registering detailed pre-analysis plans, or making data and other research materials available to the public. There are also poor incentives for engaging in projects that advance our understanding of research transparency.

In order to promote the traditional tenets of transparent research, and to offer recognition and visibility to researchers practicing open social science, BITSS has launched two prizes named for pioneers who laid the foundation for transparency in social science, economist Edward E. Leamer and psychologist Robert Rosenthal. The John Templeton Foundation generously supports the prizes.

Prize Eligibility

  • Emerging Leaders in Open Social Science Research – up to $15,000

Focusing on young scholars, this prize will reward graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty who have (i) authored papers demonstrating exceptionally transparent and reproducible research practices, or (ii) engaged in projects advancing our understanding of research transparency and/or methodological tools to achieve this objective.

  • Leaders in Open Social Science Education – up to $10,000

This prize will reward university instructors at top-tier research institutions who have developed a curriculum on research transparency, or incorporated at least three lectures on the topic into a relevant course. The objective of this prize is to mainstream the teaching of open and transparent research practices, equipping the next generation of researchers with the most reliable, reproducible, and valid methods to advance scientific frontiers.

The competition is open to scholars and educators worldwide. Please direct any questions to shyankashani [at] berkeley [dot] edu.

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 13, 2015

Prize winners will be awarded and invited to present at the BITSS Annual Meeting at the University of California, Berkeley, in December 2015.


Please review the Competition Rules for details about the application process.

About Edward E. Leamer and Robert Rosenthal

leamer1 zoomedEdward E. LeamerPhD, is the Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management and Professor in Economics & Statistics at UCLA. He is well known for his 1983 paper, “Let’s Take the Con Out of Econometrics.” Leamer explains how easy it is for researchers to adapt their research models to produce nearly any desired result.

Robert RosenthalPhD, is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He is best known for his 1979 paper, “The ‘File Drawer Problem’ and Tolerance for Null Results.” Rosenthal describes how studies showing null, complex, or inconclusive results often fail to get published, remaining in a so-called “file drawer.”