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Open Science Framework (OSF)

Registries on OSF

An OSF Registry provides a permanent, transparent, easily accessible repository that enables the archiving, sharing, searching, and aggregating of funded study plans, designs, data, and outcomes. Researchers can create robust, timestamped registrations of research projects, or discover existing registrations on OSF and across connected registries like, Research Registry, and more. Learn more and visit OSF Registries here.

When creating a registration, users can choose from various options including a general Registration, Open-ended registration, Qualitative Preregistration, Registered Report Protocol Preregistration, and more. Learn more about the options and find templates for each on this link.

Registries can be made public immediately, or be embargoed for up to 4 years.

By linking a resource to Registration, researchers can also earn an Open Practice badge! Learn more here.

Introducing Preregistrations

Registration templates include preregistration, the act of registering a research plan before a study is conducted. Preregistration increases transparency and improves the quality of research through better planning and by drawing clearer distinctions between confirmed findings and unexpected discoveries.

Preregistrations allow peer-review before results are known.

Registered Reports

Registered Reports is a publishing format that emphasizes the importance of the research question and the quality of methodology by conducting peer review prior to data collection. High quality protocols are then provisionally accepted for publication if the authors follow through with the registered methodology.

While Registered Reports are especially popular in Psychology, Neuroscience and the Social Sciences, the list of journals that had adopted Registered Reports is growing.

Image credit: Center for Open Science (CC-BY 4.0). Learn more about Registered Reports at Center for Open Sciences' page.