Open Science requires more than conviction and good intentions: it is not only a philosophy, but also a
technical skillset and knowledge base. Open Science practices --
e.g., data management and sharing, transparent and open-source software,
and preregistering projects -- present a steep learning curve.
Undeveloped incentive structures shift scientists’ priorities away from
these initially time-consuming processes, despite saving a significant amount of
time in the long run.
Establishing Open Science practices can only succeed if
acquired as an essential part of general methodological skill building,
i.e., in the first undergraduate classes -- combined with the acquisition of
canonised methodological knowledge (e.g., on experimental design or
statistical analysis). To facilitate teaching -- as well as
practicing -- Open Science, for both junior and senior scientists, we will
develop a comprehensive online textbook, combining a state-of-the-art
presentation of core methodological skills already embedded in Open Science
The text will unify scientific theory, open science, and the practical
skills necessary to conduct research into a single framework. Theoretical and
practical lessons will go hand in hand, e.g. the proper ways of pre-registering
a study, counterbalancing experimental stimuli with Python and the underlying
theory of experimental design, determining sampling size using R, and publishing
the created code. Students will learn about version control and sustainable data management,
while building up their skillset and codebase.
In the spirit of Open Science, the book will be hosted on a GitHub repository, open for
contributions. This eliminates the need for multiple editions, and
a simple text, markup-based structure allows straight-forward conversion into
multiple formats, from HTML to ePub or PDF. After establishing the
core components and sections on fundamental topics, we will invite
experts from different domains to contribute. Contributors will be able to create
associated repositories with teaching materials for specialized cases.
The dynamic nature of a GitHub-based website allows searchable content,
a modular structure, combined with an overarching narrative.
Students can complete all necessary steps for preparing, conducting, and
presenting scientific work. Our aim is to provide a standalone
fully-comprehensible online book that can be integrated into different teaching
formats: assisting lectures, theoretical seminars, practical workshops,
student-organized tutorials, or self-paced online learning. We hope this
resource will change the skillsets and thinking of developing researchers early
on. We believe such a project is essential to achieving transparent, open, and
reproducible scientific disciplines.
- Name: Jona Sassenhagen
- Institution: Goethe University Frankfurt
- Kontakt: firstname.lastname@example.org