Easing into open science: A guide for graduate students and their advisors

Ummul Kiram Kathawalla, Priya Silverstein, Moin Syed

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This article provides a roadmap to assist graduate students and their advisors to engage in open science practices. We suggest eight open science practices that novice graduate students could begin adopting today. The topics we cover include journal clubs, project workflow, preprints, reproducible code, data sharing, transparent writing, preregistration, and registered reports. To address concerns about not knowing how to engage in open science practices, we provide a difficulty rating of each behavior (easy, medium, difficult), present them in order of suggested adoption, and follow the format of what, why, how, and worries. We give graduate students ideas on how to approach conversations with their advisors/collaborators, ideas on how to integrate open science practices within the graduate school framework, and specific resources on how to engage with each behavior. We emphasize that engaging in open science behaviors need not be an all or nothing approach, but rather graduate students can engage with any number of the behaviors outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number18684
JournalCollabra: Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 26 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
UK’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. (00039202). MS’s contributions to this project were supported by a grant from the Talle Faculty Awards Program in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota.

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© This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY-4.0). View this license's legal deed at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 and legal code at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode for more information.


  • Advising
  • Graduate students
  • Open science
  • Preregistration
  • Reproducibility
  • Tutorial


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