Three steps to open science for qualitative research in psychology

Peter Branney, Joanna Brooks, Laura Kilby, Kristina Newman, Emma Norris, Madeleine Pownall, Catherine Talbot, Gareth Treharne, Candice Whitaker

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    Principles and applications of open science (also referred to as open research or open scholarship) in psychology have emerged in response to growing concerns about the replicability, transparency, reproducibility, and robustness of psychological research alongside global moves to open science in many fields. Our objective in this paper is to inform ways of collectively constructing open science practices and systems that are appropriate to, and get the best out of, the full range of qualitative and mixed-method approaches used in psychology. We achieve this by describing three areas of open research practice (contributorship, pre-registration, and open data) and explore how and why qualitative researchers might consider engaging with these in ways that are compatible with a qualitative research paradigm. We argue it is crucial that open research practices do not (even inadvertently) exclude qualitative research, and that qualitative researchers reflect on how we can meaningfully engage with open science in psychology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere12728
    JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
    Issue number4
    Early online date2 Feb 2023
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2023


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