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Plan your Study

headBefore diving into the data collection process, it might feel like Open Science practices such as pre-registration are consuming a lot of valuable time. But apart from the importance of these practices for credibility and transparency of your research, these practices can actually help organizing your project and saving time... especially when you don't need to search for resources.

Evaluate Research

This process should actually be part of the literature search before even planing your study. A quick way to evaluate the research that you found during your search is to use the following tools. They enable you to find discussions, evaluations, peer reviews, and replication reports on specific articles:

Checklist for Research Workflow

Throughout the research cycle you can use Brian A. Nosek's 8-step Checklist for Research Workflow to control for an efficient open science research workflow.

Consent Forms

When data will be shared publicly particiants need to be informed about their anonymized data being shared. Here are some full german templates of consent forms for dyadic experiments and non-dyadic experiments (collected by the OSC). For english expressions that can be employed in consent forms, see the COS Reproducible Research and Statistics Training's collection.

Power Analysis

Registered Reports (RR)

The Center for Open Science (COS) gives detailed explanations and resources on Registered Reports as well as a list of journals that use Registered Reports as publishing format: Links to the repsective guideline are provided.

Examplary guidelines for authors and reviewers:


Other Registries for Pre-Registration

  • AEA RCT Registry: The American Economic Association's registry for randomized controlled trials in fields of economics an other social sciences
  • RIDIE Registry: The Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (open to experimental and observational studies assessing the impact of development programs
  • EGAP Registry: Evidence in Governance and Politics is providing an unsupervised stopgap function to store designs until the creation of a general registry for social science research


The Leibniz Institute of Psychology Information (ZDIP) offers an automated assistant tool for researchers to document and manage their data from the beginning of the research cycle onwards. It includes assistance in creating data management plans and sharing data (internally as well as externally to the community). The tool, called DataWiz, is available in english and german. It is further attached to the DataWiz knowledge base which contains helpful information, guidelines, tools and resources for different steps in the research cycle

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