B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Developing an open science ‘mindset’ (2022)

Hagger, M. S. (2022). Developing an open science ‘mindset’. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 10(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2021.2012474

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Hagger, Martin S.

Journal or series: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

eISSN: 2164-2850

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 26/12/2021

Volume: 10

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 1-21

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2021.2012474

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79315


Background: Identification of widespread biases present in reported research findings in many scientific disciplines, including psychology, such as failures to replicate and the likely extensive application of questionable research practices, has raised serious concerns over the reliability and trustworthiness of scientific research. This has led to the development of, and advocacy for, ‘open science’ practices, including data, materials, analysis, and output sharing, pre-registration of study predictions and analysis plans, and increased access to published research findings. Implementation of such practices has been enthusiastic in some quarters, but literacy in, and adoption of, these practices has lagged behind among many researchers in the scientific community.
Advances: In the current article I propose that researchers adopt an open science ‘mindset’, a comprehensive approach to open science predicated on researchers’ operating under the basic assumption that, wherever possible, open science practices will be a central component of all steps of their research projects. The primary, defining feature of the mindset is a commitment to open science principles in all research projects from inception to dissemination. Other features of the mindset include the assumption that all components of research projects (e.g. pre-registered hypotheses, protocols, materials, analysis plans, data, and output) will be accessible broadly; pro-active selection of open fora to disseminate research components and findings; open and transparent dissemination of reports of the research findings in advance of, and after, formal publication; and active promotion of open science practices through education, modeling, and advocacy.
Conclusion: The open science mindset is a ‘farm to fork’ approach to open science aimed at promoting comprehensive quality in application of open science, and widening participation in open science practices so that they become the norm in research in health psychology and behavioral medicine going forward.

Keywords: open access; research; transparency; division (active); registration

Free keywords: open science; research transparency; data sharing; pre-registration; replication crisis

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

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