Eleven strategies for making reproducible research and open science training the norm at research institutions

Friederike E. Kohrs, Susann Auer, Alexandra Bannach-Brown, Susann Fiedler, Tamarinde Laura Haven, Verena Heise, Constance Holman, Flavio Azevedo, René Bernard, Armin Bleier, Nicole Bössel, Brian Patrick Cahill, Leyla Jael Castro, Adrian Ehrenhofer, Kristina Eichel, Maximillian Frank, Claudia Frick, Malte Friese, Anne Gärtner, Kerstin GierendDavid Joachim Grüning, Lena Hahn, Maren Hülsemann, Malika Ihle, Sabrina Illius, Laura König, Matthias König, Louisa Kulke, Anton Kutlin, Fritjof Lammers, David M.A. Mehler, Christoph Miehl, Anett Müller-Alcazar, Claudia Neuendorf, Helen Niemeyer, Florian Pargent, Aaron Peikert, Christina U. Pfeuffer, Robert Reinecke, Jan Philipp Röer, Jessica L. Rohmann, Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar, Stefan Scherbaum, Elena Sixtus, Lisa Spitzer, Vera Maren Straßburger, Marcel Weber, Clarissa J. Whitmire, Josephine Zerna, Dilara Zorbek, Philipp Zumstein, Tracey L. Weissgerber

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Reproducible research and open science practices have the potential to accelerate scientific progress by allowing others to reuse research outputs, and by promoting rigorous research that is more likely to yield trustworthy results. However, these practices are uncommon in many fields, so there is a clear need for training that helps and encourages researchers to integrate reproducible research and open science practices into their daily work. Here, we outline eleven strategies for making training in these practices the norm at research institutions. The strategies, which emerged from a virtual brainstorming event organized in collaboration with the German Reproducibility Network, are concentrated in three areas: (i) adapting research assessment criteria and program requirements; (ii) training; (iii) building communities. We provide a brief overview of each strategy, offer tips for implementation, and provide links to resources. We also highlight the importance of allocating resources and monitoring impact. Our goal is to encourage researchers - in their roles as scientists, supervisors, mentors, instructors, and members of curriculum, hiring or evaluation committees - to think creatively about the many ways they can promote reproducible research and open science practices in their institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023

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  • curriculum design
  • higher education
  • medicine
  • open science
  • reproducible research
  • scientific rigor
  • transparency

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