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Our School is committed to increasing the quality, integrity and accessibility of our research. We believe making our research more transparent, reproducible, collaborative and freely accessible not only maximises its benefit to the public, but improves the quality of our work. 

We are proud to support the University of Reading’s commitments to the aims and principles of Open Research.

Read the University of Reading statement on Open Research


Activities

ReproducibiliTea

ReproducibiliTea brings together researchers and students within our School to discuss Open Research practice in an informal setting.

At fortnightly meetings, this group discusses issues, papers and ideas about improving access and reproducibility within psychological research. 

Find out more about ReproducibiliTea

Coding Club

Open to staff and students within the School, our Coding Club meets each week to learn and practice coding.

The club welcomes absolute beginners and focuses on topics of relevance to psychological research such as data management, curation, and visualisation. It also focuses on scripting using R and Python.

ReproMonthly

Researchers in our School meet every month to dive deeply into the practical ways we can make our research more open and reproducible through new tools and technologies.

CINN Neurohack

Neurohack brings together neuroscientists at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) to learn and share knowledge about how advanced computational methods can support reproducible neuroimaging. 

 

Find out more about Neurohack


Case studies

Open Science award

Dr Kathryn Francis, PhD student in philosophy and psychology, took home the University of Reading’s inaugural Open Research Award in 2019, against an impressive field of candidates.

 

Dr Francis conducted a pre-registered replication study which found significant differences from the results reported by the authors of the original study.

 

Her work led the authors to identify vulnerabilities in online surveys that might lead to fraudulent responses, as a result of which they developed code to track IP addresses and flag suspicious responses.

Teaching reproducibility

Understanding reproducibility is a criteria for British Psychological Society accreditation which is why we embed it into our curriculum.

 

From 2020/21 onwards, students at the School will be taught the theory and practice of open science, common pitfalls that led to the so-called reproducibility crisis, and will get first-hand experience at preparing and conducting reproducible research.

Research Under Lockdown

Restrictions put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic created new barriers for psychological research. To meet these challenges, our School came together to share experiences and knowledge on how we could continue carrying out experimental work digitally.

 

We reviewed technology for online research, new methods of recruiting participants, tools for surveys and more. 

 

Read more about Research Under Lockdown

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