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Research transparency covers how we ensure our research is responsible, reproducible, open and evidence-based.

UCL is committed to transparency and rigour in research across all disciplines, and to continue to improve the ways in which we conduct research. This is part of our broader commitment to responsible and open research, as set out in UCL’s Research Strategy and webpages on research integrity.
 

Opportunities

Research Assistant / Research Fellow – transparency training pilot study

UCL’s Office of the Vice-Provost for Research (OVPR) is seeking a postgraduate researcher (already based at UCL) to support the design and implementation of a pilot study to roll out and evaluate the impact of UCL’s new online training course on transparency and reproducibility in research and a badge initiative, as part of a randomised trial. The successful applicant will be involved in designing the details of the project.

This role will support UCL’s work to promote transparency and reproducibility in research. The researcher will play a key role in advancing our understanding of the value of online training and badge initiatives, and more broadly of what works to promote transparency and reproducibility in research.

The role will involve:

• Study design, including devising participant surveys and sample size estimation
• Registering the study with the UCL Data Protection Office
• Developing and submitting a research ethics application
• Devising the participant consent form
• Pre-registering the study plans
• Communication with and randomisation of participants
• Monitoring course completion and badge use


The role will be flexible, for 2-3 working days per week, for 3-4 months.

See the role description for more information on the role and how to apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 February 2021


UCL Statement on Transparency in Research

UCL has developed a Statement on Transparency in Research, which sets out the expectations we have for researchers relating to transparency and reproducibility at UCL.  

We recognise that behaviours in support of transparency vary considerably across disciplines and methodologies, and expect researchers to adopt those actions most appropriate to their field. This will usually include making research open and, in relevant contexts, taking actions to support reproducibility.

We are conscious that data protection requirements, in particular under the General Data Protection Regulation, must be considered alongside efforts to promote open data. We will seek to ensure that UCL policies on these respective topics are coordinated and in alignment.

 


Contact us

Send any questions or comments to ovpr@ucl.ac.uk.

Sign up to the UCL research transparency mailing list for events and updates related to transparency and reproducibility (unsubscribe at any time).

Why are we addressing ‘transparency’ as a whole, rather than ‘reproducibility’ on its own?

While reproducibility is crucial in certain research contexts, including quantitative and experimental sciences, it is less relevant to certain other disciplines and methodologies. To ensure our work is inclusive and sensitive to disciplinary variations, we are promoting reproducibility alongside open research and other relevant initiatives, in the context of our broader commitment to transparency in all of our research.

Training

We are currently developing training opportunities at UCL to support transparency; these will be listed here in due course. They will also be highlighted in the UCL research transparency mailing list.

Reproducibility

ReproducibiliTea journal club at UCL – sign up to the ReproducibiliTea mailing list

Summary of initiatives that support reproducibility – from the ‘manifesto for reproducible science’ by Munafò et al. (2017)

Further UCL resources and information

Research integrity

Research ethics

2019 Research Strategy

Open Science

Open access

Research data management

External resources and information

Guidelines:

-          Michel et al. 2020: Guidelines for Displaying Data and Reporting Data Analysis and Statistical Methods in Experimental Biology

-          Aczel et al. 2019: A consensus-based transparency checklist (social and behavioural research)

-          Munafò et al. 2017: A manifesto for reproducible science (particularly Table 1, which sets out suggested measures to promote reproducibility)