The Center for Open Science is a company focused on transparency and inclusivity in science. And thanks to a recent grant, they are encouraging such transparency through a preregistration reward (H/T ScienceInsider).
The Center encourages preregistration of studies as a means of clarifying in advance what will be analyzed and reported once the research is concluded. To that end, and with the help of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as many as 1,000 projects could receive $1,000 each for pre-registering. Here’s a brief explanatory video:
Pre-registering will be the first part of the process, and money will not be paid until the research is published in a journal and a copy is submitted to the Center. That journal must be on an approved list, and the article has to include everything on a checklist covering methods and analyses.
There is no time limit on the process, though there is a limit to the money, so it’s a matter of first published, first paid.