MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019

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About a decade ago, John Ioannidis claimed that “most published research findings are false”. While seeming outrageous at the time, a growing body of meta-scientific research in the behavioral and social sciences has since substantiated this claim, causing uncertainty about the trustworthiness of published scientific findings. We believe that threats to the validity of published findings in the social sciences are widespread and systemic. Therefore, this conference promotes introspection about the current state of social science research and exchange on the opportunities for institutional and methodological improvement in the future. It is interdisciplinary in nature. Scholars working in any branch and within any methodology of the social sciences are invited to attend. The conference is supported by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and will take place from 25-27 January 2019 at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in Mannheim, Germany.

What is the background of this conference?
Open Science refers to a broad, transdisciplinary movement aiming to open up research processes to promote the integrity, reproducibility, and value of scholarly work. Responding to pressing credibility and replicability problems in science, this movement has thoroughly changed the fields of psychology and economy. Clearly, a similar fundamental rearrangement is coming in all social sciences, including political science, sociology, and communication. This interdisciplinary conference brings together a mix of leading senior and junior scholars to present and discuss state of the art and future directions for open science practices in the social sciences.

What is this conference for?
The conference has four purposes. First, it offers a forum for exchange and networking for researchers from all social science disciplines and working with all methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) who are interested in promoting open science practices. Second, it strengthens skills and knowledge regarding open science practices. Hence, the conference is associated with a workshop organized in collaboration with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).  Third, the conference features original research and showcases best practices in open science. Fourth, the conference will facilitate (by granting free data collection for winners of the pre-registration challenge as one conference component) and produce original research (by initiating a crowdsourced replication effort of a well-known social science study).

Costs of Participation
As an Open Science conference, participation is free of any fees.  You are welcome to attend the conference and to participate in the discussions, regardless of whether you will give a talk or not. Note, however, that we intend to live-stream the entire conference.

The conference will be followed by an Open Science Workshop on Sunday, 27 January 2019. The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with BITSS. More details will follow.