The currency of academic science is publishing. Producing novel, positive, and clean results maximises the likelihood of publishing success because those are the best kind of results. There are multiple ways to produce such results: (1) be a genius, (2) be lucky, (3) be patient, or (4) employ flexible analytic and selective reporting practices to manufacture beauty. In a competitive marketplace with minimal accountability, it is hard to avoid (4). But, there is a way. With results, beauty is contingent on what is known about their origin. With methodology, if it looks beautiful, it is beautiful. The only way to be rewarded for something other than the results is to make transparent how they were obtained. With openness, I won’t stop aiming for beautiful papers, but when I get them, it will be clear that I earned them.

Light refreshments will be provided.

About Open Science: Professor Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek
Professor Brian Nosek
(Image: Evan Mann Photography)

Professor Brian Nosek, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science (COS), is presenting two public seminars at the UQ School of Psychology in April 2019.

The COS operates the Open Science Framework, enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide.

Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2002.

He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition--thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control.

Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behaviour is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility.

In 2015, he was named one of Nature's 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.


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