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Working with Wiley to improve the replicability and transparency of research

22 December 2017

The British Psychological Society and John Wiley & Sons are working together to enable researchers to publish Registered Reports in the Journal of Neuropsychology.

This initiative will soon be extended to other BPS Journals.

Registered Reports allow authors to “register” their planned experiment and methodology. Authors get valuable feedback on methods during their experimental planning and design, ahead of beginning their experiment, ahead of data collection, and ahead of data analysis. Registered Reports are peer reviewed and offer in principle acceptance based upon the strength of the research question and methodology.

Professor Daryl O’Connor, Chair of the BPS Research Board said:

“The British Psychological Society is thrilled to be working closely with Wiley to launch Registered Reports in one of our flagship journals. The scientific publishing landscape is changing considerably and the Society is keen to embrace new methods and approaches to help improve psychological science nationally and internationally.

“This is an important step forward and represents the beginning of an exciting new phase for our portfolio of journals. The introduction of Registered Reports will increase the transparency of our science and allow peer review of research studies before the results are known. As a consequence this will help reduce the use of questionable research practices while improving the quality of our research protocols, that will ultimately improve the robustness of our evidence base.”

Rebecca Harkin, publisher for Psychology at Wiley, said:

“Our team of publishers at Wiley is delighted to have helped launch Registered Reports for Journal of Neuropsychology and the British Psychological Society. With Registered Reports, leading journals offer new ways to support researchers’ efforts to conduct and report their work in the best possible way. Our Registered Reports toolkit makes setting-up this innovative service easy for Wiley journals.”

Registered Reports will be initially launched in the Journal of Neuropsychology, published by Wiley on behalf of the BPS. Sixty-two journals published by Wiley and other publishers that already publish Registered Reports are listed as “participating journals” by the Center for Open Science.

Wiley has a Registered Reports toolkit for editors of the journals it publishes to enable them to launch Registered Reports rapidly, and will extend the initiative to a number of other journals through 2018.

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