Student Initiative for
Open Science

March 2020 Newsletter


Happy Birthday Student Initiative for Open Science!


On March 4th 2020, SIOS turns 1 year old! Below, we'll be covering news, events, and review some of our favourite memories from the past year.


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Past Events
In February we hosted our first preregistration workshop! Students spent their free afternoon learning about the benefits of preregistration, and how they can use preregistration for their own internship or thesis. If you're looking for more information on preregistration and how it could be helpful for your research, check out this article by the Center for Open Science.
March Events
Open Science Labs
March 31st 16.00-17.00
University of Amsterdam REC GS.08


SIOS is turning one year old and we are celebrating with a special event: the Open Science Labs!

We have invited speakers from all over Amsterdam to give quick pitches about their Open Science projects or how they use open practices in their work. The rules are easy: each speaker has a few minutes to pitch their project and to answer your questions. If like us, you are curious what other students, PhD candidates and staff members are doing in terms of Open Science and reproducible research, join us and find out!

One Year of SIOS
The idea for the Student Initiative for Open Science began over a year ago with the staunch realization that many of the papers and findings taught in our undergraduate courses were false, or at least, can't be replicated.

Do cold showers make you calmer and help your immunity? Nope! This finding couldn't be replicated. 

Will a psychiatrist diagnose you with schizophrenia if your only symptom is hearing voices? Probably not, as most of the data from Rosenhan's infamous study was perhaps fabricated.

If an authoritative figure tells you to administer electric shocks to the point of a heart attack, will most people do it? Again, probably not. As it turns out, Milgram had a heavy hand with excluding participants after the data was collected.

As a part of the Psychology Research Masters program at the University of Amsterdam, all students are required to take a course called Good Research Practices. This course briefly discusses the past mistakes of psychological research, but mainly focuses on how we can conduct transparent and honest research in the future. In the wake of this course, our founders, Maike, Lea, Karoline, and Myrthe, realized how important it was to spread open science practices and knowledge to other students. While most other open science initiatives focused on academics and professors, at the time, there weren't a lot of resources for students. As future researchers, implementing these practices is essential for maintaining the integrity and credibility of the scientific literature. 

The first lecture was exactly one year ago today, and since then we have been able to grow as an organization and reach out to students in different fields, levels of education, and locations. In the words of our members, here are some of our favourite events from the past year.


“One of my favourite SIOS moments was the Panel Discussion last June. It was very interactive and our panelists, Sascha Duken, Angelika Stefan, Suzanne Hoogeveen, and Adam Finnema were amazing! Learning how Open Science is utilised and perceived in different departments within Psychology was really cool.” - Iris, Events Team
"One of my favourite SIOS memories is when Maike, Karoline, and I gave an intro lecture on open science, and I was super nervous and thought not a lot people would turn up (because it was already our second intro lecture and we didn't even have an exciting speaker). But then the room was packed and it was so much fun getting other students excited about open science." - Lea, Communication Team
"One of my favorite SIOS memories is when we gave a talk at the VU. We asked before and afterward how many people would preregister their study or publish a preprint and the number had increased by a lot. That made me feel like our work made a difference. - Maxi, Events Team
“One of my favorite parts of SIOS, and more generally of Open Science, is the amazing support we received. I love that people reached out to help with our initiative. It is great to meet so many new people and learn about their Open Science projects.” - Myrthe, Communication Team

We would like to sincerely thank all of our speakers who have given their time, the students who have attended our events, and the continued support from the open science community. In the next year, we hope to continue reaching out to students of all disciplines, locations, and levels of education. While we love hosting lectures and events, our ultimate goal is to implement open science education into the required curriculum at universities.

Open Science News
Here, we are take a deeper dive into some of the most interesting open science news stories from the past month. 
Corona Virus Research Demonstrates the Importance of Open Science
Coronavirus has been on everyone's mind for the past few weeks. Whether it is through constant twitter updates, signs about how you can protect yourself around the UvA, or memes about hand sanitizer, you can't avoid it. One small, positive outcome that can be taken is how open science practices have played a crucial role in managing the virus. While public access to scientific papers is far from the norm, major publishers such as Elsevier and Springer have temporarily removed the paywall between readers and any coronavirus-related research. Additionally, many researchers are choosing to publish their research on preprint servers to avoid the slow publishing process altogether. This allows scientists to have the most recent findings from around the world as they continue to develop vaccines and treatments. One downfall to the rapid publishing of this research is that it allows for numerous opinion pieces and poorly conducted science in the same pool of literature as accurate science. For instance, a paper published on the public preprint database, bioRviv, claimed that the virus was concocted in a laboratory. While this finding was quickly disputed and retracted, the findings have been used by conspiracy theorists. For more information on open science and the coronavirus, check out these articles by Science Mag and The Conversation.

An Alternative to IMPACT Factors

Last month, we briefly discussed a new concept looking to replace IMPACT factors for journals. Since then, it has been started to be implemented by the Centre for Open Science. The TOP Factor provides a rating of journals based on how well the journal applies transparency and reproducibility practices. This effort will hopefully replace IMPACT factors and reward journals for their scientific integrity rather than an accumulation of exciting and p < 0.05 findings. For more information, check out the webinar and article posted by the Center for Open Science.

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