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A community-sourced glossary of open scholarship terms

25 March 2022

Terminology is often a barrier to enter a new field. The open scholarship movement in particular has generated many new terms and acronyms. Now there is a community-sourced glossary for open scholarship terms, developed with the aim to facilitate education and improve communication between experts and newcomers. The first version, v1.0, lists 250 terms and was recently described in a Comment in Nature Human Behaviour

Many of the included terms are broadly known and used across scientific fields - like salami slicing and reverse p-hacking - but at least three of the  terms included in the glossary stem from open neuroscience: the data standard BIDS, the OpenNeuro data repository and the methods reporting framework COBIDAS.

The glossary is being developed by the FORRT (Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training community, an educational and meta-scientific initiative that aims to integrate open and reproducible research principles into higher education as well as to support educators and mentors to address related pedagogical challenges. FORRT was initiated at the 2018 meeting of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science in the “Teaching replicable and reproducible science” hackathon led by Kristen Lane and Heather Urry.

FORRT advocates for the opening and formal recognition of teaching and mentoring materials to facilitate access, discovery, and learning to those who otherwise would be educationally disenfranchised. They offer many other resources, among them open science lesson plans and a database of 700+ curated educational resources related to reproducibility and replicability.

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