Our Work

The Center for Open Science was founded in the spring of 2013. We began with one infrastructure project, the Open Science Framework, one research project, Reproducibility Project: Psychology, and a mission: to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. That mission is a daily goal driving all of our projects. At COS, we provide tools to make it easy and desirable to align scientific practices with core scientific values.

We have three primary activities:

   Infrastructure
The Open Science Framework is our major infrastructure endeavor. The OSF is an online resource for researchers to pursue their current workflow and easily introduce open practices. The OSF provides version control, altmetrics for measuring impact, and personalizable privacy options.
   Community
Incentives for success focus scientists on getting published more than getting it right. Nudging these dysfunctional incentives requires engagement with the entire science ecosystem - funders, journals, societies, and institutions. We engage the entire ecosystem and support tools and procedures to shape daily practices such as badges for open science and Registered Reports. We also offer free consulting services and training on reproducible practices and statistics.
   Metascience
We support metascience projects about the state of scientific research and evaluation of interventions to improve it. This includes investigating the reproducibility of research with projects such as Reproducibility Project: Psychology, Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, and Many Labs.

Read about COS goals and activities in the COS strategic plan, or in scholarly articles outlining a vision of scientific utopia for research communication and research practices.


Interested in finding ways to work together?

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OSF

Open Science Framework

The OSF supports the scientific workflow. Journals, funders, and societies that would like to encourage or require open data, open materials, or preregistration can use the OSF as infrastructure to support those services. Researchers get value using the OSF privately or publicly as a means of managing and supporting their workflow. Our open source code is also available online.

Reproducibility Project: Psychology

Reproducibility Project: Psychology

The RPP is a massive community effort to replicate published studies from three landmark journals. We hope to learn about how open practices and incentive structures can impact the scientific process and results as well as the rate of replication and reproducibility in psychology. Volunteers conduct research, extract data from existing articles, and provide administrative and technical support. Become a part of the effort.

Grants

Grants

COS invites grant proposals to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. Funded projects could be technical solutions, revolutionary data, or community oriented endeavors. Find out more.

Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology

Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology

The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology is another empirical study of the replicability of published science. Teaming up with the Science Exchange, we examine how does the current scientific incentive structure affects research practices. If we change those incentives, does the science change as well?

Badges for Open Practices

Badges for Open Practices

COS maintains badges for open data, open materials, and preregistration to acknowledge open practices. The badges are unbranded and freely available for use by journals and other organizations. More information is available here. Email contact@cos.io to get support or ask questions about using badges to incentivize open practices.

OSC

Open Science Collaboration

The Open Science Collaboration is an interdisciplinary group of individuals operating through the Open Science Framework. The OSC advances projects in open science guided by common interests and community standards.

Learn more by visiting the OSC blog or join the Google Group conversation.

Archival Project

Archival Project

This massive online effort takes a different perspective on metascience research. The Archival Project engages psychology students from around the world. Students learn how to dissect a scientific article by extracting the most important data from a pool of published articles. At the close of this project, we hope to draw conclusions about the current state of scientific practices in psychology.

Developer Meetups and Opportunities

Developer Meetups and Opportunities

COS is a Python-based, open source development shop; local programming groups and developers are invited to share our office for meet-ups, as a work space, or to get involved with our mission. Developers can contribute to maturing projects like OSF or bring in new ideas of their own. For more information on visiting our office, email contact@cos.io.