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The past, present and future of Registered Reports

Chambers, Christopher D. and Tzavella, Loukia 2022. The past, present and future of Registered Reports. Nature Human Behaviour 6 , pp. 29-42. 10.1038/s41562-021-01193-7

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Registered Reports are a form of empirical publication in which study proposals are peer reviewed and pre-accepted before research is undertaken. By deciding which articles are published based on the question, theory and methods, Registered Reports offer a remedy for a range of reporting and publication biases. Here, we reflect on the history, progress and future prospects of the Registered Reports initiative and offer practical guidance for authors, reviewers and editors. We review early evidence that Registered Reports are working as intended, while at the same time acknowledging that they are not a universal solution for irreproducibility. We also consider how the policies and practices surrounding Registered Reports are changing, or must change in the future, to address limitations and adapt to new challenges. We conclude that Registered Reports are promoting reproducibility, transparency and self-correction across disciplines and may help reshape how society evaluates research and researchers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2397-3374
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 20 August 2021
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 03:14

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