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PhD course

ReproducibiliTea journal club

  • ECTS credits1
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGHIG990
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Course description

Course content

The Objectives of the course are that students should

  • Actively engage with the concepts, principles and the most up-to-date literature on open research, replicability and robustness

Apply the concepts and principles of open research in their own research

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student should have the following learning outcomes:


The participant will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of

  • Issues relating to replicability, questionable research and publication practices
  • Possible contributing causes to these issues for individual researchers, institutions, culture and incentive schedules
  • Suggested solutions to the issues in terms of raising awareness, replication efforts, pre-registration, registered reports, research and publication practices, institutional and cultural change
  • Current debates and controversies relating to issues about open science, replicability, transparency


The participant will have the ability to

  • Critically analyse current debates on open science, replicability, transparency
  • Recognize issues in their own research approach, and apply different research approached to address them
  • Evaluate research literature for robustness and replication likelihood

General competence:

The participant will have the ability to

  • Evaluate their research tradition in terms of robustness

Engage in discussion of the issues in the research community

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms


Fundamental familiarity with philosophy of science and deductive research approach (null-hypothesis significance testing)

Recommended previous knowledge


Compulsory Requirements

Preparation for, attendance at and active participation in at least five meetings, and leading one of those meetings (including suggested discussion points)

Form of assessment

Pass/ Fail

PhD candidates that want to get accreditation for the course can participate at any five meetings in the journal club¿s life span

Who may participate

Open for PhD candidates.

The topic should be relevant for all research schools at the faculty, and to some extent also at other faculties and institutions.

It is preferable that not only PhD candidates, but also more advanced scientific staff contribute and benefit from the journal club.

As the course is distributed in time, it is only recommended for participants based in Bergen.

Additional information


The PhD course will have the form of monthly journal club meetings. The meetings will run continuously on scheduled dates until further notice.

Before each meeting all participants will be expected to read the assigned article, and to consider its relevance for their research field. In the meetings we will critically discuss the month¿s article and consider whether it raises any issues that are relevant for our own research projects and our research practices. We will discuss if any suggested changes to research practices are suitable and applicable for our own research, and which steps we would need to take to adapt them.

Each of the meetings will be arranged by one of the PhD candidates, who will also lead the discussion (assisted by the course responsible).

The PhD course program will be based on the ReprocudibiliTea program (https://osf.io/3ed8x/) developed by Amy Orben, Sophia Crüwell, and Sam Parsons at the University of Oxford

Academic responsibility

Bjørn Sætrevik, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen