Eleven strategies for making reproducible research and open science training the norm at research institutions

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  • Friederike E. Kohrs - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Susann Auer - , Chair of Plant Physiology, TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Alexandra Bannach-Brown - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Susann Fiedler - , Vienna University of Economics and Business (Author)
  • Tamarinde Laura Haven - , Aarhus University (Author)
  • Verena Heise - (Author)
  • Constance Holman - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Flavio Azevedo - , Saxony Center for Criminological Research, University of Cambridge (Author)
  • René Bernard - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Armin Bleier - , Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Author)
  • Nicole Bössel - , University of Greifswald (Author)
  • Brian Patrick Cahill - , German National Library of Science and Technology - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology (Author)
  • Leyla Jael Castro - , ZB MED Information Centre for Life Sciences (Author)
  • Adrian Ehrenhofer - , Chair of Mechanics of Multifunctional Structures, TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Kristina Eichel - , Free University of Berlin (Author)
  • Maximillian Frank - , Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Author)
  • Claudia Frick - , TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences (Author)
  • Malte Friese - , Saarland University (Author)
  • Anne Gärtner - , Chair of Differential and Personality Psychology (Author)
  • Kerstin Gierend - , Heidelberg University  (Author)
  • David Joachim Grüning - , Heidelberg University , Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Author)
  • Lena Hahn - , Trier University (Author)
  • Maren Hülsemann - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Malika Ihle - , Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Author)
  • Sabrina Illius - , MSH Medical School Hamburg (Author)
  • Laura König - , University of Bayreuth (Author)
  • Matthias König - , Humboldt University of Berlin (Author)
  • Louisa Kulke - , University of Bremen (Author)
  • Anton Kutlin - , Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Author)
  • Fritjof Lammers - , German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) (Author)
  • David M.A. Mehler - , RWTH Aachen University (Author)
  • Christoph Miehl - , Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Author)
  • Anett Müller-Alcazar - , MSH Medical School Hamburg (Author)
  • Claudia Neuendorf - , University of Tübingen (Author)
  • Helen Niemeyer - , Free University of Berlin (Author)
  • Florian Pargent - , Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Author)
  • Aaron Peikert - , Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Author)
  • Christina U. Pfeuffer - , Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Author)
  • Robert Reinecke - , Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Author)
  • Jan Philipp Röer - , Witten/Herdecke University (Author)
  • Jessica L. Rohmann - , Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) (Author)
  • Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar - , Bielefeld University (Author)
  • Stefan Scherbaum - , Chair of Psychological Methods and Cognitive Modelling, TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Elena Sixtus - , University of Potsdam (Author)
  • Lisa Spitzer - , Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) (Author)
  • Vera Maren Straßburger - , MSH Medical School Hamburg, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Marcel Weber - , Saarland University (Author)
  • Clarissa J. Whitmire - , Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)
  • Josephine Zerna - , Collaborative Research Centre 940: Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators and Dysfunctions, Chair of Differential and Personality Psychology, TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Dilara Zorbek - , Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Author)


Reproducible research and open science practices have the potential to accelerate scientific progress by allowing others to reuse research outputs, and by promoting rigorous research that is more likely to yield trustworthy results. However, these practices are uncommon in many fields, so there is a clear need for training that helps and encourages researchers to integrate reproducible research and open science practices into their daily work. Here, we outline eleven strategies for making training in these practices the norm at research institutions. The strategies, which emerged from a virtual brainstorming event organized in collaboration with the German Reproducibility Network, are concentrated in three areas: (i) adapting research assessment criteria and program requirements; (ii) training; (iii) building communities. We provide a brief overview of each strategy, offer tips for implementation, and provide links to resources. We also highlight the importance of allocating resources and monitoring impact. Our goal is to encourage researchers - in their roles as scientists, supervisors, mentors, instructors, and members of curriculum, hiring or evaluation committees - to think creatively about the many ways they can promote reproducible research and open science practices in their institutions.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere89736
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023

External IDs

PubMed 37994903
ORCID /0000-0003-4296-963X/work/148603430
ORCID /0000-0002-4408-6016/work/148604202
ORCID /0000-0003-2892-884X/work/148606000
ORCID /0000-0002-2370-8381/work/148606595



  • curriculum design, higher education, medicine, open science, reproducible research, scientific rigor, transparency, Reproducibility of Results, Physicians, Humans, Mentors, Personnel Selection, Research Personnel