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OSCL member interview with Ruthie Pliskin

Interested in what drives your colleagues to become a member of OSCL? And how they apply Open Science in their work? Below we interview OSCL member Ruthie Pliskin (from Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology).

Ruthie Pliskin

Q: In one or two sentences, what is your current research about?

A: I research intergroup relations, focusing on intergroup conflict, emotions, ideology and moralization.

Q: What is open science, in your eyes?

A: Open science, to me, is an effort to make science transparent and, ideally, more collaborative. The greatest promise I see in Open Science is its potential to solve some central structural issues related to the current publication culture, in which only significant findings get published, skewing our understanding of the phenomena we examine.

Q: Do you incorporate Open Science in your current work? (Think of things like publication packages, preregistration, replication, open data, open materials, open access or preprints)

A: Having started my training before open science rose to prominence, I’ve only recently begun incorporating Open Science into my own work. Last week my first paper with pre-registered studies was accepted, and I have a couple of ongoing projects in which we’ve preregistered our hypotheses as well. I see replication efforts as essential to our understanding of psychological phenomena.

Q: Which open science practices are you most interested in implementing in the near future, and why?

A: I have joined OSCL with the aim of incorporating more and more Open Science practices into my work. Most immediately, I want ensure all my publication materials are well organized from the first step of doing research, to facilitate my ability to make my work transparent.

Q: You became a member of OSCL: what direct benefits do you expect to get out of your OSCL membership?

A: I am most hoping to get guidance and support as I adapt my work better to Open Science. Much of the discourse on Open Science has turned hostile at times, but OSCL strikes me as open, inclusive, and welcoming, and thus a good address for such support.

Find Ruthie's member profile here, and her university profile here.

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