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Registered Reports

Registered Reports value theory over results: Peer review and In-Principle Acceptance (IPA) are based on the research question and methodological rigour (rather than the novelty of the outcomes), and happen before the study is run and results are obtained. Further reading Chambers (2013).

If you’re considering a Registered Report submission, follow these steps:

  1. Start by checking the author guidelines for your journal here.
  2. Think about when to apply for ethics, refer to this ethics flowchart for advice.
  3. Next, complete this template which guides you through the key elements of a Registered Report (and includes tips for avoiding desk rejection).
  4. Extend the template into a full stage 1 Registered Report that includes an introduction, method section and analysis plan.
  5. Submit to your chosen journal.
  6. If you receive IPA, the paper will be published regardless of whether the hypothesis is supported or not.

You can read my interview with the co-founder of Registered Reports, Chris Chambers: Registered Reports and PhDs – What? Why? How? in the PsyPAG Quarterly (p. 52).

  • Here is a list of all published Registered Reports
  • This table compares the specific features of Registered Reports at different outlets
  • Search in OSF Registries for accepted stage 1 Registered Reports here
  • This paper discusses and answers some of the concerns you may have around Registered Reports (and preregistratation more generally)
  • Webinar for ECRs
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