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Student Initiative for Open Science

February 2020 Newsletter

After taking a short break in January, we are back to
give you all of our open science news for February 2020! We'll discuss our past events, current projects, events for February, journal club recommendations, and the latest news in open science.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or recommendations,
send us an email at 
Past Events
In December, we had the pleasure of collaborating with the Open Science Community Amsterdam (OSCA) and invite Chris Chambers to give a lecture at the University of Amsterdam. Chris discussed how he developed the format for registered reports, as well as how they can help bring reliability and openness to scientific research. Many students left the lecture inspired and ready to use registered reports in their own research.

Why use registered reports? By submitting your introduction and methods to be reviewed and (potentially!) accepted by a journal before conducting the study, you are committing to openness in your methods while saving time and resources.

Want to learn more about registered reports? Check out this Open Science Framework article
Current Projects
Over the past year, we have enjoyed putting on events and encouraging open science in Amsterdam, but we understand the importance of promoting open science among students everywhere. If you are interested in starting a student initiative at your university, we would love to help! Send us an email or check out our website for more information.

This month, we were featured in the Journal for European Psychology Students blog! In the interview, our founders Maike, Myrthe, Karoline, and Lea, discuss why SIOS was created, how the initiative has grown, and why open science is important for students. Check it out here.
February Events
Citizen Science Movie Night
4 February 17:00 - 18:00
University of Amsterdam REC G2.01

We are organizing a movie and discussion round on citizen science. Wonder what that even is? Citizen scientists are members of the public who, in their free time, get involved and collaborate on large scale scientific projects. And there’s a lot more to it! Join us for a short video introduction to Citizen Science and a discussion about its pros and cons, and how it could be put to use in the Social Sciences. UvA students can also receive a colloquium point for attending. 

For more information:


Getting Started with Reproducible and Open Research
11-12 February 

Hoog Overborch Office Building, Utrecht, NL

Getting Started with Reproducible and Open Research workshop introduces the challenges in reproducibility and transparent, reproducible and open research principles. Transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility are core values of science, but not always part of daily practice. This workshop provides an overview of current status in reproducible analysis in order to provide transparency in research.

For more information:


Preregistration Workshop
21 February 15:30 - 17:30
University of Amsterdam REC GS.08

We are excited to announce our first SIOS workshop on preregistration! Join us to learn why preregistration is important and how to best preregister your thesis or internship proposal. In this workshop, you will learn valuable practical tips on how to preregister on the Open Science Framework. You will further learn about common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

For more information:

To register:


Other ways to stay involved!
We love to promote events that open and available no matter where you are located. One of our favourites are the monthly webinars by the Center for Open Science. While there are none currently scheduled, make sure to keep an eye out for new ones or check out older videos here:


Planning Ahead

In the past we've stuck to promoting events for the current month, but here are a few events you may want to plan ahead for!

National Open Science Festival
Open Call Submission Deadline: 10 March
Festival: 27 August 

The National Open Science Festival provides researchers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of various Open Science practices. Recently, the festival has put out an open call for researchers to propose 45-minuet sessions. The sessions can be practical skills sessions, lectures, or discussion groups. 

For more information:


Sustainable Science Symposium
15 April 9:00-17:00
LocHall, Tilburg, NL

The Sustainable Science Symposium just began their open call for poster submissions and dog food sessions (discussion and problem solving sessions)! This year, the symposium will be experimenting with mixed reality methods - making it so you can attend lectures, submit a poster, or contribute to a dog food session, either in Tilburg or from afar if you aren't able to make it. 

For more information:


Open Science News
Here, we are take a deeper dive into some of the most interesting open science news stories from the past month. 
At the beginning of this year, Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold retracted her highly influential paper on enzyme catalysts from Science.
When Arnold's team was unable to replicate their results, they took a look into their lab documentation and found that errors were made during data collection. Why is this important to open science? We all make mistakes (even Nobel Prize winners!) and that's ok. Thankfully, the growing practice of replicating studies helps remove inaccurate findings from the scientific literature. This improves the credibility and reliability of research. Check out this
BBC article for more information.

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If you fake your results, but no one notices for 47 years, is it still fraud? Yes!
The infamous On Being Sane in Insane Places study by David Rosenhan has been exposed as extremely flawed, if not entirely fabricated. You most likely learned about this study in your introductory psychology class, but here is a quick recap: 8 people went to 12 different psychiatric hospitals and told the intake psychiatrists that they heard the words thudempty, and hallow. This was the only symptom, and after the intake, the patients acted completely normal. The original study reported that these people were held in institutional care and received schizophrenia or schizophrenia in remission diagnoses. According to Susannah Cahalan, an investigative journalist, who was assisted by a private detective, the symptoms that the patients reported to the intake psychiatrist were much more exaggerated than reported in the study. Further, records could not be found for all eight participants, suggesting that some of the participants may have been faked. For more information on how this was uncovered, check out these articles by Nature and the Spectator.

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At the end of last year, the Trump administration proposed a policy that would enforce open access to any publicly funded research.
Several scientific societies, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS) addressed a letter to president Trump, expressing their concern and encouraging him not to go forward with this open access policy. Conflict ensued from both sides of the debate. Those against the policy suggest that it has the potential to devalue American intellectual property, while proponents of open science expressed the importance of removing a paywall between research and the public. These debates mirrored those that happened for Europe's Plan S only months earlier. Other societies and publishers addressed another letter to Trump, expressing their support for the original policy (access this letter here). Currently, the Trump administration has not taken any further action on the policy and it is still unclear of federally funded research will become publicly available. 

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Journal Club
Knowing our audience, your February reading list is probably already pretty dense. But just incase you find a bit of extra time, here are our recommendations!

📕 Dissociating Different Types of Replication Projects (link)

📗 A Proposed Alternative to Impact Scores: The Journal Transparency Index (link)

📘 Data Detectives & Research Parasites (link)


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