Metascience and tool development for Registered Reports

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Natural sciences
    Social sciences


This 3 year PhD studentship, funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, will focus on meta-scientific studies of Registered Reports (https://cos.io/rr/).

In particular, the project will focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to facilitate uptake of Registered Reports by journals and authors and monitor quality. Specific elements will include an editorial policy builder to facilitate journal adoption across different fields, a study design template to improve the rigour and reproducibility of Registered Report protocols, and web-based tools for channelling community advocacy and collating feedback from authors. The research will evaluate the efficacy of these tools and interventions using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods.

The student will be supervised by Chris Chambers in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. The student will also will become one of a network of doctoral students supported by the UK Reproducibility Network, based across Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh.

What is funded

The studentship will commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2019-2020 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,009 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship).


3 years. 


As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience. Students will also receive a computer, office space and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

How to Apply

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2020 start date: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/psychology

Please use our online application service and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for School funding.

Please specify that you are applying for this particular project and the supervisor using the research proposal section of the application.


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.