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Point of View: Open Exploration

  1. William Hedley Thompson  Is a corresponding author
  2. Jessey Wright
  3. Patrick G Bissett
  1. Stanford University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e52157 doi: 10.7554/eLife.52157

Abstract

Arguments in support of open science tend to focus on confirmatory research practices. Here we argue that exploratory research should also be encouraged within the framework of open science. We lay out the benefits of 'open exploration' and propose two complementary ways to implement this with little infrastructural change.

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  1. William Hedley Thompson

    Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-0533-6035
  2. Jessey Wright

    Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  3. Patrick G Bissett

    Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.

Funding

Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse (2016.0473)

  • William Hedley Thompson

National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH117772)

  • Patrick G Bissett

National Science Foundation (1655839)

  • Jessey Wright

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (756-2017-0766-SSHRC)

  • Jessey Wright

National Institute on Drug Abuse (UH3DA041713)

  • Patrick G Bissett

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Peter Rodgers, eLife, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: September 24, 2019
  2. Accepted: December 11, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 9, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 16, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2020, Thompson et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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