Using Open Scientific Practices to Get Rapid Feedback on Your Research


An important element of the research process is getting feedback on your work. This can occur on a micro level, in terms of individual units of work, but also at a macro level, in terms of broad research programs. Under the traditional system in which citations and policy implementations are used as a proxy of impact, it can take years to receive feedback that your work is useful and correct. While transparent research practices will help increase reproducibility and restore trust in the social and life sciences, an underappreciated by-product of this emerging approach is that transparency facilitates the rapid feedback of your work. In this talk, I will demonstrate how myself and others have used open science practices to get fast feedback. First, I will cover the open science platforms that you can use to deposit your preprints, data, and code. Second, I highlight how social media platforms can be used as a tool to direct attention to your work and keep up-to-date with transparent scientific practices. Finally, I will address some common misunderstandings surrounding open science platforms and using social media for your research. By using this rapid feedback approach, scientists can more quickly find errors in their work and evaluate whether they should persevere with a line of research, or pivot to other research areas.

Doing Good Symposium, Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany