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Registered Reports

Increase the reproducibility and transparency of your Study Protocol and Research Article

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From psychology and neuroscience to medicine and ecology, researchers from a wide range of disciplines can benefit from publishing a Registered Report with Open Research Europe. Receive valuable feedback on your methods and analysis before the data collection stage to enhance your Research Article and shift the focus of your work away from the results and back to the research question.

Open Research Europe offers authors who wish to publish a Registered Report a straightforward, two-stage process:

> Stage 1: The Study Protocol

Before data collection begins, this article is published, and then peer reviewed by our expert reviewers.

> Stage 2: Research Article

After the analysis and research stage of your work is complete, your Research Article is published. It will then undergo peer review and receive a Registered Report Badge.

Open Research Europe offers researchers a unique publishing experience, combining both the Registered Reports format with open, post-publication
peer review. Along with our open data policy, this article type increases research credibility, transparency, and reproducibility.

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About Open Research Europe

Open Research Europe is a fully open access publishing platform, offering rapid
publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias. All articles
benefit from transparent post-publication peer review, and editorial guidance on making source data openly available.

Open Research Europe advocates transparency and reproducibility in research, and our innovative publishing model supports this at every stage. Articles can be published as soon as possible, with post-publication peer review creating an open dialogue between authors and their research community.

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How It Works

Understanding Registered Reports

Registered Reports are frequently published in the psychology and neuroscience disciplines, however, this Research Article can be used in most
scientific research areas. This article type allows researchers to publish their methods and proposed analyses before the experiment stage begins.

To increase the accessibility of your work, the publication and review process is split up into Stage 1 and Stage 2. In Stage 1, your published Protocol will be
processed through our rigorous open peer review process. This enables authors to gain valuable feedback from reviewers and modify their methodology before the data collection part of the research. In Stage 2 of the process, reviewers then consider the published Research Article, including all datasets and
a full analysis of results.

Make your Study Protocol visible

At Open Research Europe, we ensure your Study Protocol is not only peer reviewed but published as a separate citable item to maximize the visibility of your work, as well as your future Research Article. By publishing your Registered Report, you will gain credit earlier for your findings, while supporting data and
research transparency.

What is Open Peer Review?

Peer review takes place after your article is published to allow your research to be read and cited immediately after it is live.
The process is formal, invited, and fully open - so reports are published alongside the article, with reviewer names and affiliations.

Reviewers assess the quality and validity of the research, not the novelty or perceived interest.

Rapid publication process

Open Research Europe strives to publish your article as soon as possible, making your proposed analysis and Research Article ready for peer review and to be cited.
 

Peer review assessment

Publishing a Registered Report, allows you to resolve any methodological problems before you enter the data collection stage of your research, providing you with the time to improve the experimental design of your research.

 

For further information on publishing your Registered Report and the open peer review process, check out our detailed infographic.

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Open Data on Open Research Europe | Policies and Principles

Open Research Europe advocates an Open Data Policy. Others need access to the
original, raw data to be able to replicate a given study, reproduce the original findings, or reuse the data to support their own research. Therefore, all articles on the
 Open Research Europe platform should include citations to repositories that host the
data underlying the results, together with details of the 
software tools used to process these. Of course, there may be exceptional cases where openly sharing research data is not feasible – for example, due to ethical, data protection, or confidentiality reasons. You can find out more in our Data Guidelines. 

Alongside our Open Data policy, Open Research Europe endorses the FAIR Data Principles which aim to make research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; together these provide a framework to promote the broadest possible
reuse of scientific data.

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Understanding Open Peer Review

Want to know more about Open Research Europe’s open peer review model? Find out everything you need to know, from how the process works to what gets peer reviewed and more.
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Registered Reports | Glossary

At Open Research Europe, we want to make publishing a Registered Report as easy as possible for authors. To help you through the preparation and publication stage, we want you to understand every detail of this article type. That’s why we’ve created this handy glossary to fully break down the important points of a Registered Report.
 

Registered Report

Registered Reports put your methods and proposed analyses first to help you gain vital feedback on your initial work before moving on to the research stage. There are two stages to a Registered Report:

Stage One / Study Protocol

This stage of the Registered Report is published and peer reviewed before data collection. It proposes your methodology and analysis for the research. You will describe your key research question and background literature, hypotheses, experimental procedures, analysis pipeline, a statistical power analysis (or Bayesian equivalent), and pilot data (where applicable).

 

Stage Two / Research Article

After your Study Protocol is published, the second part of a Registered Report is submitted, which is the traditional Research Article. This article is published and peer reviewed after data collection, including results and interpretation.

 

Open peer review

Open peer review describes Open Research Europe’s formal, invited article review process. This means all reviewer names and peer review reports are publicly accessible.

 

p-hacking

This is the (conscious or subconscious) control of data to create a p-value. Also known as data dredging.

Peer review report

These reports are fully open for all to read and reflect the thoughts/comments of the invited reviewers. Each report will be assigned an approval status (Approved, Approved with Reservations, or Not Approved) along with comments that provide reasoning for the status and highlights areas for improvement. All peer review reports are assigned a DOI making them citable, fully accessible and open for Authors and other registered users to publicly comment on the reports.

 

Publication bias

Publication bias is a serious problem in the research community. Researchers who publish negative and null results are less likely to be published, however, these results are underreported and distorts the field of study.
 

Published

At Open Research Europe, your article is published online before the peer review process begins. Published articles will have passed our rigorous internal
editorial checks, be formatted correctly and will then go live – published – before the peer review process starts. All peer review reports will be collected with each article (Stage One and Stage Two). An article will need to receive sufficient positive peer review reports to be classed as passed peer review.
 

Reproducibility

By making your research reproducible, it allows another researcher to use the same input data, follow your exact methodology and analysis, to validate
the interpretation of your original observation. This is a significant trait of robust and credible scientific research, yet a large portion of published studies are not reproducible.

Registered Reports increase reproducibility best practice with the help of the two-stage process, placing the focus on methods and analysis ahead of the results.

 

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