Tools for Transparency in Ecology and Evolution (TTEE) 1.0
This website presents tools ([https://osf.io/y8aqx/]) to facilitate the promotion of transparency by academic journals in ecology, evolutionary biology, or other fields. Journals are free to adopt these tools in their current form or to edit and apply these tools as they see fit.
Tools for Transparency in Ecology and Evolution (TTEE, [https://osf.io/y8aqx/]) currently consist of questions that can be included in checklists for authors, reviewer, and/or editors. These checklist questions rest primarily within the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) framework ([https://cos.io/top/]), designed for use across empirical disciplines. Both the general TOP guidelines and the discipline-specific interpretations provided here are living documents that will be updated through formal review processes. Journals that adopt the TOP framework can choose to adopt any combination of the eight guidelines as well as the level of stringency (from 1, most lenient, to 3 most stringent) for each guideline adopted. Journals can also choose to award badges to acknowledge open practices ([https://osf.io/tvyxz/]) to individual papers to indicate that the paper conforms to one of three specific transparency standards.
TTEE emerged from a November 2015 workshop in which representatives (mostly editors-in-chief) from more than 20 journals in ecology and evolution joined researchers and funding agency panelists (participant list: [https://osf.io/dhp3t/]) to identify ways to improve transparency in these disciplines. This workshop (funded by the US National Science Foundation and by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and hosted by the Center for Open Science [[https://cos.io/]]) identified general principles and specific tools that journals can adopt to encourage greater transparency of the science they publish.