Open Science: A Hands-On Primer

Tom Heyman (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) and Steven Verheyen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

This course seeks to provide an answer to the growing call in linguistics and beyond, to move towards a more transparent science building on robust, reproducible, and replicable results. An increasing number of funding agencies and publishers require researchers to engage in open science practices. In the first part of the course, we will examine where this call is coming from by discussing several issues that linguistics and science in general, is currently facing, such as publication bias, questionable research practices, and poor reproducability.

In the second part of the course, we will show state-of-the-art approaches and initiatives to tackle these problems, featuring hands-on demonstrations of tools that are rapidly being adopted by researchers across the humanities. More specifically, we will cover Registered Reports, pre-registration in general, open science badges, the peer reviewers’ openness initiative, dynamic reports, and applications like statcheck, and the Open Science Framework.