The policy of the Animal Advocacy Research Fund is to fund research only if data, methods used in the analysis, and materials used to conduct the research are clearly and precisely documented and are made maximally available to any researcher for purposes of reproducing the results or replicating the procedure. Completion of this requirement must be documented in the final report for this grant award.
- Make the de-identified data available through a trusted digital repository such as the Open Science Framework under a CC0 or CC-BY license. This data must include all variables, treatment conditions, and observations collected. Trusted repositories adhere to policies that make data discoverable, accessible, usable, and preserved for the long term. Trusted repositories also assign unique and persistent identifiers. Grantee maintained (e.g., lab or organization) websites are not compliant with this requirement.
- Make research materials and description of design and procedures available through a trusted digital repository such as the Open Science Framework under a CC0 or CC-BY license. These materials and descriptions should include enough detail to ideally allow an outside researcher to conduct an independent replication of the research without the help of the original researchers.
- Make a full account of the procedures used to preprocess, clean, or generate the data available through a trusted digital repository such as the Open Science Framework under a CC0 or CC-BY license.
- Make the analysis code or scripts available through a trusted digital repository such as the Open Science Framework under a CC0 or CC-BY license. This documentation should include enough detail to ideally allow an informed researcher to precisely reproduce all reported results.
In rare cases, despite grantees’ best efforts, some or all data or materials cannot be shared for legal or ethical reasons. In such cases, grantees must inform the funder prior to beginning the research, and ideally at the time of proposal submission.
The policy of the Animal Advocacy Research Fund is to fund proposals that will be preregistered with an analysis plan in an independent, institutional registry such as the Open Science Framework. In most cases, distribution of funding will be contingent on proof of preregistration.
- Preregister the study design, variables, treatment conditions, and planned sample size prior to conducting the research.
- Preregister an analysis plan that specifies the procedures used to preprocess, clean, or generate the data as well as the sequence of analyses to be conducted.
All preregistered analyses must be documented in the final progress report for this grant award or, if there are changes in the analysis plan following preregistration, those changes must be disclosed with explanation for the changes in any reports or publications. The grantee must clearly distinguish analyses that were preregistered from those that were not, such as having separate sections in the results for confirmatory and exploratory analyses in any reports or publications.
Free and Open Dissemination of Results
Publication of project results in peer-reviewed scientific or professional journals is encouraged, and publication in open access journals and/or format is strongly preferred. In some cases, the Fund may consider covering applicable open access fees.
If permitted by the journal to which you are submitting, grantees must make any relevant working papers or papers under review (i.e., preprints) publicly available to researchers and the public using an online repository such as SocArXiv or PsyArXiv.