2024-05-17 Richèl Bilderbeek: ‘On publishing the analysis of exploratory research before having seen the data’

Writing down and publishing the analysis of a study before having seen the data is a recommended Open Science practice called pre-registration. This practice will, among others, prevent the authors of the scientific paper to make up story that fit the data well. However, while this practice is suitable for hypothesis-driven research, it’s suitability is doubted for exploratory studies. This talk presents the results from a literature search and other findings to answer the question ‘How suitable is a pre-registration in exploratory studies?’.