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:
- 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.
- 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.
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?
Visit our pages for journals and societies, for scientists, or for developers.