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EMCL8: Open Science & Transparency Methods

June 29, 2019 - July 5, 2019


Free tuition: Maximum 45 participants accepted

Purpose: The goal of EMCL is to provide research methods training in a hands-on, collaborative setting to researchers from different methodological backgrounds, i.e. linguists, psychologists, theorists, experimentalists, corpus linguists, etc. We do this by creating an environment where specialists learn from each other by developing a research project together where their various skills are combined.

Current focus: This year’s workshop will focus on Open Science and Transparency Methods in language research, broadly construed. Participants will learn how to incorporate open science practice and research transparency into their workflow with a focus on the preparation of a Registered Report.

Intended audience: Researchers who study language and whose work is influenced by language. The theoretical foundations of the workshop are embodiment, situated cognition and cognitive linguistics although we welcome all other theoretical groundings. No prior experimental or corpus training is required. Participants can be at different early stages in their careers, i.e. graduate students/post-grads, post-docs, junior faculty, etc.

Format: Participants will join one of 5 hands-on mini-labs for the duration of the week-long workshop. Each mini-lab will be comprised of 2 senior researchers and a group of up to 9 junior researchers. Together they will structure, organize and carry out a research project from conception to implementation. The session will end with a mini-conference where findings will be presented, followed by a general discussion.

Registered Report training: Upon completion of the workshop, participants will continue to collaborate in the preparation of the eventual registered report, working on the foundation of the collaborative work developed during the workshop. All materials produced by each project/mini-lab will be made openly available in a special journal issue intended for pedagogical purposes.

All mini-labs will receive additional support in Open Science, Statistics and Registered Report preparation by

Jessica Flake (McGill University) Zoltan Dienes (University of Sussex) and Hans IJzerman.

Language of instruction will be English.

Topics to be covered in a hand-on context include:

  • Deciding on a research topic
  • Transforming the research topic into a research question
  • Developing experimental hypotheses
  • Designing an experiment to test hypotheses
  • Making clear predictions based on the design
  • Data collection
  • Transparent statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Presentation of findings to an audience
  • The use of Open Notebooks
  • The value of pre-registration and predictive science
  • How to pre-register and how to do a Registered Report
  • How to engage in open/transparent science
  • The use of the tools available to facilitate open science and research transparency, i.e. OSF, etc.


Note: We will issue priority acceptances from this round of applications. Therefore, if you want your application to receive priority, please submit by Feb 28, anywhere in the world. Applications received after Feb 28 will be evaluated at the second and final round of admissions. Otherwise, if you want to apply but need more time, or if your university will only fund you if you present a talk or poster, please email us at emcl.admin@gmail.com


June 29, 2019
July 5, 2019
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University of Tartu Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Jakobi 2
Tartu, 51005 Estonia
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