Metascience 2021 is a global virtual gathering for knowledge sharing, community building, and opportunities to define a roadmap of research.
Visit metascience2021.org to browse conference events, speakers, and submission information.
There is a long history of research about the scientific process, particularly with fields such as philosophy of science, sociology of science, and science-technology studies contributing unique insights about how science operates. There is also a growing cadre of researchers deploying modem methodologies and big data to investigate the scientific process.
Among these are researchers within disciplinary domains that are evaluating the state and quality of their research evidence or practices for advancing knowledge, such as conducting large-scale replication projects or evaluating the quality of peer review. There are also grassroots communities of researchers and research stakeholders with prescriptive aims, such as how can the research process and culture be improved to accelerate discovery? These groups apply the insights from metascientific investigations to intervene and improve research culture and practice by changing workflows, providing new tools or services, or by changing policies and incentives.
Finally, there are researchers invested in evaluating whether changes occurring in the research culture or practice are working as intended such as alterations to how grant funding is distributed, shifting the reward structures for researchers to advance their careers, or changing the peer review process to maximize the quality of published research.
Together, these communities of researchers and stakeholders are the research and development pipeline for improving research practices. The Metascience 2021 meeting will be a point of convergence to share knowledge, foster community, and define a roadmap of research and intervention priorities to accelerate science. Special thanks to the Templeton World Charity Foundation for their financial support to convene Metascience 2021.
About the Organizers
Center for Open Science https://www.cos.io/Our mission is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research.These are core values of scholarship and practicing them is presumed to increase the efficiency of acquiring knowledge. For COS to achieve our mission, we must drive change in the culture and incentives that drive researchers’ behavior, the infrastructure that supports their research, and the business models that dominate scholarly communication. This culture change requires simultaneous movement by funders, institutions, researchers, and service providers across national and disciplinary boundaries. Despite this, the vision is achievable because openness, integrity, and reproducibility are shared values, the technological capacity is available, and alternative sustainable business models exist. COS's philosophy and motivation is summarized in its strategic plan and in scholarly articles outlining a vision of scientific utopia for research communication and research practices. Because of our generous funders and outstanding partners, we are able to produce open-source products and services. Use the header above to explore the team, services, and communities that make COS possible and productive.Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science https://aimos.community/AIMOS (the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science) seeks to advance the interdisciplinary field of meta-research by bringing together and supporting researchers in that field. Science aims to produce robust knowledge and the concept of reproducible experiments is central to this. However the past decade has seen a ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science. Across a number of scientific fields, such as psychology and preclinical medicine, large-scale replication projects have failed to produce evidence supporting the findings of many original studies. Meta-research will address this challenge head on.Research on Research Institute (RoRI) https://researchonresearch.org/We believe more effort is needed to develop theoretical frameworks, standardize methods, strengthen networks, and test the transferability of approaches from one context to others.Worldwide, interest is intensifying in how research is funded, practiced and evaluated, and in how research cultures and systems can be made more efficient, open, inclusive and impactful. But research on research (RoR) - also called science of science, or meta-research - is often poorly joined-up. Over the next decade, policymakers, funders, universities, publishers and researchers themselves are likely to require greater RoR capacity to navigate continued expansion of the research enterprise, accompanied by greater emphasis on interdisciplinarity, mission and challenge-directed research; open scholarship and open data; collaboration and team science; and creative solutions to the linked imperatives of diversity, inclusion, integrity and reproducibility. To strengthen this field, Wellcome Trust, Digital Science and the Universities of Sheffield and Leiden have joined forces to establish the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), and to build an international consortium of funders, academics and technologists committed to transformative & translational RoR. RoRI launched on 30 September 2019, and will be based for an initial two-year incubation phase at Wellcome's offices in London.
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