A decade of self-inspection has revealed some uncomfortable home-truths about science and research more broadly. Just some include large-scale failed replications, exposés of scientific fraud, and widespread questionable research practices. There are also broader concerns about the culture in which research is conducted, which relentlessly focuses on novelty, the individual, and publication track-records often at the cost of verification, crediting collective effort, and measuring academic worth in the round (Munafò, 2019; Munafò et al., 2017)
In response is the flourishing Open Science (or Research) movement, a set of self-organising initiatives aiming to shift research practices to greater reproducibility and transparency. These practices include but are not limited to sharing data/materials, pre-registration, scholarly outputs via preprints, open peer review, open teaching materials, and apportioning credit in a contributorship framework (Nosek et al., 2012; Nosek & Bar-Anan, 2012; Uhlmann et al., 2019).
The King’s Open Research Conference sought to highlight key factors that undermine advances in research, and how Open Research practices can provide many and varied solutions. The ultimate aim was to show that, with Open Research practices, one can reimagine research culture in a way that is both for the betterment of researchers and for research quality and integrity.
Below are recordings for each of our speakers for your viewing. But, before you watch them, please know that the conference was just one among many (ongoing) projects to engender a culture of Open Research at King’s College London. I founded and co-organise the RIOT Science Club and the King’s Open Research Group Initiative, two successful initiatives that attempt to raise awareness and provide support for rigorous scientific practices from the bottom-up and top-down, respectively. King’s College London has also recently signed up to the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), a network of UK universities collaborating to promote robust research practices, such as Open Research and reproducibility.
If you would like to know more, please contact myself, Sam Westwood, the UKRN local lead at KCL.