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Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: Room 1007, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free

Open Science Workshop

In this workshop on Open Science, attendees will learn why we need open science. The attendees will also acquire skills to implement open science practices in their research. Specifically, they will learn how to use a platform of Open Science Framework to share their research such as how to upload their datasets, codebooks, materials and statistical codes. They will learn the basic principles of preparing these research files in shareable formats. Furthermore, the attendees will also learn about pre-registrations (i.e., specifying and registering your research plan in advance of data collection). They will learn the basic principles using the example of pre-registration using the AsPredicted pre-registration protocol.

Finally, the attendees will learn about how to prepare Registered Reports, a new article format that many journals in psychology and other disciplines have adopted. Registered reports are a type of scientific article that are peer-reviewed before data collection as well as after data collection. Before data collection, the authors submit their project proposal and the experts review the main idea, predictions, methods of data collection and analysis and suggest any changes that need to be made. High-quality project proposals are then accepted for publication providing the authors have followed the accepted protocol regardless of the results.

The workshop is intended for those with little or no experience with open science practices.


  • 10.00 Talk & Discussion: Why Open Science?
  • 10.45 Hands-on: Sharing data, code and materials (using the platform Open Science Framework the attendees will learn how to prepare data, code and materials and upload them to the Open Science Framework)
  • 12.00 Working Lunch
  • 13.00 Hands-on: Pre-registrations and Registered Reports (the attendees will learn more about how to pre-register a study using the example of as.predicted protocol and how to prepare a successful submission of a new publishing format of registered reports)
  • 14.30 Q&A

Workshop Convenor: Dr Miroslav Sirota, University of Essex

Dr Miroslav Sirota was the 2022 Research Visibility Champion, Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex (Research Excellence Award).

He is leading the implementation of open science in the department of psychology at Essex in his role as Transparent Research Facilitator. Since his appointment in that role in 2017 the department's research has become more open and transparent (e.g., open data: 18.6% in 2016 grew to 54.7% in 2020; pre-registrations: 1.3% in 2016 grew to 26.7% in 2020 of research outputs).

Dr Sirota is leading the Open Science Working Group at Essex (currently 83 members) and its activities (over 30 hours of open science training and talks in the last two years). He is a founding member of The UK Network of Open Science Working Groups.

Dr Sirota is leading the Open Science working package in a large HORIZON2020 grant, coordinating activities of 20 co-investigators, developing a shared open science policy and evidence-based strategy of open science implementation for the benefit of 10 Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) universities.

Since 2018, he has served as a member of the Study Selection Committee (editor) of the Psychological Science Accelerator, a network of over 500 labs from 71 countries conducting large-scale pre-registered studies.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Professor Fred Vallée-Tourangeau


Directions to Room 1007, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE: