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Results: Open Science Survey

Dear Psychology Researchers,

In January 2019, SOPSI launched a nation-wide survey on open research practices.

We contacted institutions that hosted psychology researchers all over Switzerland.

Our goal: to better understand the experiences of Swiss-based researchers with open science. For all the people that took part on our survey: a big thank you!

In this post we will present the main findings from the survey.


We collected responses from 201 researchers. The majority of the respondents were PhD students (44.8%), followed by post-doctoral researchers and senior researchers (34.8%), professors (15%), and other (5.4%). Regarding location, 54.7% of the respondents were in an institution located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and the remaining ones in the German-speaking part (45.2%).

Experiences with Open Science

The respondents rated their experiences with a number of open science practices (open data, open analysis scripts, open materials, etc) in a scale from "not aware" to "lots of experience". Figure 1 summarizes the results: the majority of the participants had little to no experience with open research practices. By far, open data was the research practice most known by the respondents.

Figure 1. Percentage of respondents in each category (e.g., "not aware") presented separately for each open science practice. Red bars highlight the fact that the majority of the respondents had no to little experience with open science.

Importance of Open Science

Although respondents had no-to-little experience with open science, the majority of them rated open science practices as important (see Figure 2), with the only exception being pre-prints. For this category, the majority of the participants was neutral regarding whether they were needed to improve our research practices.

Figure 2. Proportion of respondents that selected a given category of importance in relation to the different open science practice. Red bars highlight that the majority of the participants judged open science practices as important (with exception of pre-prints).

Guidance for the Implementation of Open Science Practices

Towards the end of the survey, researchers indicated the type of guidance they would like to receive for implementing open research practices in their workflow. Figure 3 shows that participants wanted guidance to implement most strategies, with the preference being for workshop-led training together with written materials. The top issues requiring workshop-led training according to the participants were:

(1) Preparation of a preregistration (56% of the respondents)

(2) Use of appropriate stat analyses (50%)

(3) Preparation of Open Materials (47%), Open Data (45%), and ethics applications that include data sharing (42%)

Figure 3. Proportion of respondents that would like to receive guidance on the implementation of each type of open research practice. The red bars highlight the fact that most respondents would like to receive workshop-led training and/or written guidance to integrate these practices into their workflow.

First Open Science Day organized by SOPSI

To address the wishes of the respondents of the Open Science Survey, SOPSI is organizing two consecutive (and identical) open science days with workshops that target the main issues raised in the survey.

Check out the Open Science Day, the exciting workshops, and register for taking part.


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