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Open Science is much more than Open Access publishing of scientific results. Encompassing measures for sharing and discussing resources, methods and results throughout the research process, it holds great potential for making research more robust and knowledge more accessible. In the face of a lurking replication crisis in many fields, transparency is key for impactful research.
The implementation of Open Science practices is having a huge impact on how data and information is shared and assessed in fields such as psychology. Here, many psychology journals have adopted pre-print friendly policies, offer Registered Reports as article submission type, and require authors to deposit their data in Open Data repositories. Irrespective of field, researchers are offered many best-practice guidelines and exciting tools to share pre-printed versions of their manuscript (https://www.biorxiv.org/), pre-register their test protocols (https://osf.io/prereg/), and share their code and data (FAIR principles). However, in the field of applied ethology, institutional training opportunities and inter-institutional Open Science networks are scarce. As a result, Open Science in our field often happens as isolated initiatives of individual researchers sharing different parts of their research process. As a result, the absence of concerted efforts and agreed-on standards strongly limits the impact of such initiatives.
In the absence of existing guidelines for applied ethology research, we as individuals, but above all as a research community, have to move forward with this issue. We have to critically reflect on the potential impact of Open Science in our field and work together towards best practice recommendations.
In this workshop, we will introduce key concepts and resources as a starting point for a discussion on how to develop and foster the implementation of Open Science practices in applied ethology. We will focus on three main aspects of Open Science: Pre-prints, Registered Reports, and Open Data. We will provide an overview about each aspect, and will also aim to clarify common misconceptions that can hinder the implementation of these practices. We aim to have discussion rounds for each of the three aspects and participants will receive surveys prior to the workshop with the results being implemented in the overview and the discussion sessions.