A qualitative analysis of stakeholder experiences with Registered Reports Funding Partnerships

Katie Drax*, Robbie Clark, Christopher D Chambers, Marcus Munafò, Jacqueline Thompson*

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Abstract

Background: Registered Reports (RRs) could be a way to increase the quality of scientific research and literature, such as by reducing publication bias and increasing the rigour of study designs. These potential benefits have led to Registered Report funding partnerships (RRFPs or partnerships for short) between research funders and academic journals who collaborate to encourage researchers to publish RRs. In this study we investigated the research question: "What are the experiences of the stakeholders (authors, reviewers, journal editors, funders) in the various partnership models?". Our companion paper addresses a related, but separate, research question. Methods: We conducted a thematic analysis of 32 semi-structured interviews with stakeholders (funders, editors, authors, reviewers, matchmakers) from six partnerships. Results: Interviewees had highly variable perceptions and experiences, reflecting the complex and nuanced impacts of partnerships. We identified 6 themes: "Importance of communication with authors and reviewers", "Influence on study design", "Appropriateness of partners", "Potential to reduce publication bias", "Impact on reviewer workload", and "Insufficient evidence". Conclusions: This was the first investigation into these novel initiatives. We hope that our findings can benefit and shape current and future partnerships.

Original languageEnglish
Article number230
Number of pages23
JournalWellcome Open Research
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

Copyright: © 2021 Drax K et al.

Keywords

  • Registered Reports
  • research funding
  • partnerships
  • research publishing
  • qualitative
  • thematic analysis

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