Request of assistance

Last update: 18 August, 2018


Dear collaborators, stakeholders, interested parties,

We present recommendations to improve the adoption of open science teaching practices by modifying the academic incentive structure (through ranking, badges) and by streamlining the education pipeline (through facilitating acquisition of resources).

Despite questions about the implementation of open-science teaching guidelines, with FORRT psychologists now have an unprecedented opportunity to shape the minds and future of the next generation of academics.

We hope FORRT will become a useful tool in helping researchers improve the quality of education of open and reproducible Psychological Science. Our secondary goal is also to start a conversation on - and inspire debates about - the ethics of teaching substantive topics/subjects without regard for the reproducible crisis in Science more generally, in social sciences in particular.

Incidentally, Brian Nosek and colleagues have recently unveiled the last iteration of the three-part series on Scientific Utopia in which they lay out the necessary changes towards academic nirvana: opening scientific communication, restructuring incentives and practices, and crowdsourcing science. We believe there should be a fourth pillar ensuring the new generation of scholars does not repeat the mistakes of its predecessors. And the way towards that objective is to familiarize students - and hence future academics - with the intricacies of science from the get-go. That is, introducing undergraduate and graduate students to foundational subject-matters in tandem with open & reproducible scientific principles can create an atmosphere of constructive curiosity and sustainable development of open and reproducible practices. And while FORRT is in its infancy, we developed it as an attempt to offer an unprecedented opportunity for teachers to shape the minds and future of the next generation of academics.

However, FORRT is still in its infancy. So as to maximize its potential scope and impact, we would like to request and encourage feedback at all stages of its development. In this sense, we would like your help in making FORRT a viable and implementable initiative. And for this, we would very much appreciate comments, edits, references, ideas. In specific, we have added throughout the website “note from authors”. And more generally, we have identified certain areas for which we would appreciate input:

We consider this first attempt to be a preliminary, active, living idea and plan to update it contingent upon your feedback. You can provide feedback by reading the website (in order, the pages) commenting our google document, by sending an email to FORRTproject@gmail.com; or by emailing us directly: sam.parsons@psy.ox.ac.uk, azevedo@nyu.edu, galangc@mcmaster.ca.

Thank you for helping this initiative,

Sam, Flavio, Carl