Introducing PLOS ONE Registered Reports A new way to share the story of your science
Starting today, we’re offering a new option for publishing preregistered research in PLOS ONE: Registered Reports . Unlike most research articles, Registered Reports undergo peer review prior to authors conducting experiments, data collection or analysis in order to support a robust study design, increase the credibility and reproducibility of results, and help address publication bias.
How does it work?
Our two-part assessment and publication process
Registered Reports are peer reviewed and published in two stages, each with its own unique DOI.
Before your investigation REGISTERED REPORT PROTOCOL
The proposal describing the rationale, methodology, and any ethical approvals needed for the work. We’ll peer review to check for robust research design and to ensure that the study will meet relevant publication criteria.
When your results are in REGISTERED REPORT RESEARCH ARTICLE
The manuscript reporting the results and conclusions following the completion of the study outlined in your protocol. Peer review checks for adherence to your approved protocol, appropriateness of any changes, and whether the results support the conclusions.
“Registered Reports are a natural extension of PLOS ONE’s mission to publish all valid research--including negative results. Reviewing protocols combats publication bias and helps improve the robustness of the study from the start. And because we promise to publish the final article if the protocol is followed, there are no moving goal posts for our authors.”
Joerg Heber, Editorial Director, PLOS
and Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE
Read more about the inspiration and goals behind Registered Reports at PLOS ONE in Joerg’s post on the EveryONE blog.
Your line of inquiry matters as much as the results
Share the full story of your science with
PLOS ONE Registered Reports
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