The Centre for Open Science (COS) is planning to give $1000 to scientists who are willing to pre-register their research. In order to receive the funds, the researcher will need to agree their hypotheses with a reviewer before beginning the experimental process. It is hoped that this will stop researchers straying from the original hypotheses or overestimating insignificant, or less significant, data in order to get published.
There has been some criticism of the idea, with commentators afraid that it may confine researchers and limit the scope of experiments.
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