Center for Open Science

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Center for Open Science
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Launched2013; 10 years ago (2013)
Current statusActive

The Center for Open Science is a non-profit technology organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia with a mission to "increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research."[1] Brian Nosek and Jeffrey Spies founded the organization in January 2013, funded mainly by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and others.[2]

The organization began with work in reproducibility of psychology research, with the large-scale initiative Reproducibility Project: Psychology.[3][4][5] A second reproducibility project for cancer biology research has also been started through a partnership with Science Exchange.[6] In March 2017, the Center published a detailed strategic plan.[7] Brian Nosek posted a letter outlining the history of the Center and future directions.[8]

In 2021, the Center for Open Science was honored with the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research in the institutional category for their contribution to fostering research integrity and to improving transparency and accessibility.

Open Science Framework[edit]

Reproducibility project[edit]

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source software project that facilitates open collaboration in science research. The framework was initially used to work on a project in the reproducibility of psychology research,[9][10] but has subsequently become multidisciplinary.[11] The current reproducibility aspect of the project is a crowdsourced empirical investigation of the reproducibility of a variety of studies from psychological literature, sampling from three major journals: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.[12] Scientists from all over the world volunteer to replicate a study of their choosing from these journals, and follow a structured protocol for designing and conducting a high-powered replication of the key effect. The results were published in 2015.[13]


In 2016, OSF started three new preprint services: engrXiv, SocArXiv, and PsyArXiv.[14] It subsequently opened its own preprint server in 2017, OSF Preprints.[15] Its unified search function includes preprints from OSF Preprints, alongside those from other servers such as, Thesis Commons, PeerJ, and multiple ArXiv repositories.[16]

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  1. ^ "Center for Open Science". Business Plan. January 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Our Sponsors". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  3. ^ "Center for Open Science". Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  4. ^ University of Virginia (4 March 2013). "New Center for Open Science Designed to Increase Research Transparency, Provide Free Technologies for Scientists". UVA Today. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  5. ^ Bohannon, John (5 March 2013). "Psychologists Launch a Bare-All Research Initiative". Science Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Reproducibility Initiative Receives $1.3M Grant to Validate 50 Landmark Cancer Studies". Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ "COS: Strategic Plan, v2.0". Google Docs. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  8. ^ "A Brief History of COS 2013-2017". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  9. ^ Estes, Sarah (20 Dec 2012). "The Myth of Self-Correcting Science". The Atlantic. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  10. ^ Yong, Ed (16 May 2012). "Replication studies: Bad copy". Nature News. Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  11. ^ "OSF | Home". Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  12. ^ "Do normative scientific practices and incentive structures produce a biased body of research evidence?".
  13. ^ Open Science Collaboration (2015). "Estimating the reproducibility of Psychological Science" (PDF). Science. 349 (6251): aac4716. doi:10.1126/science.aac4716. hdl:10722/230596. PMID 26315443.
  14. ^ Kelly, Jane (8 December 2016). "Psychology Professor Releases Free, Open-Source, Preprint Software". UVA Today. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  15. ^ "OSF Preprints". Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  16. ^ "Search preprints". Archived from the original on 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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