Preregistration In Science

Making Science great again

Why is it important to preregister research studies? According to associate professor Matthias Mittner, at the research group for cognitive neurosciences at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, there are good reasons for doing this:

  1. You can get good feedback from reviewers on an early stage.
  2. You get a time stamp on your idea.
  3. The result is more trustworthy, and you avoid data drudging,  like p-fishing, or post hoc storytelling/HARKing (hypothesizing after the results are known).
  4. You also increase the credibility of the reports you produce.

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Senior Scientists and Valuable Data

What happens to my research data when I retire?

It’s important that we keep and store the research done by Senior Scientists before they retire. Their data is valuable and might be even more valuable in the future.

But to store the data correctly we need the researchers to help sort the data.

Lars Figenschou, biologist and Academic Librarian at the University Library at UIT – The Arctic University in Tromsø, explains why. The data senior scientists have been storing for years in their drawer, might be of use for new students.

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