I am writing an undergraduate dissertation on behavioural economics. I am looking to run an experiment. As nobody apart from my course convenor will read my paper, the stakes are not particularly high. Nonetheless, I want to i) follow best practices and ii) prove to the examiner that I have not done any p-hacking or HARKing, in the hope that I will get a higher mark.

I am therefore looking for some way to pre-register my study and hypotheses, or otherwise prove that I did not amend my hypotheses. This previous question on Academia.SE did not have a good answer. I have also thought of writing down my hypotheses in a public blockchain to have a proof of existence, but this seems far too esoteric and I doubt my examiner will be impressed.

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    OSF.io is easy and free. Mar 1, 2020 at 13:45
  • Definitely talk to your advisor! That's what they're there for... Mar 1, 2020 at 14:08
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    (ii) could be accomplished very simply by just emailing your study and hypothesis to the convenor/examiner before you begin. This would have the additional benefit of giving them an opportunity to give you feedback or suggestions. Mar 1, 2020 at 16:41
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    As well as OSF perhaps look at aspredicted.org. It might be simpler. Mar 1, 2020 at 21:32
  • @AzorAhai Maybe you can make an answer about it? I would love to learn more about OSF Mar 31, 2020 at 17:20

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If you have the time for it, you could blog the entire process from initial idea through the final writing of the paper. A public blog might not be the same as a, audit but the public nature of it would provide assurance. A research notebook open to the public, so to speak.

But I suggest this since a blog of a research "journey", including all attempts and all setbacks would be, perhaps, useful for others starting out in research. The fact that, you say, it isn't very deep might be an advantage, making it more accessible to readers.

It might even make you a better writer; valuable in itself.

There are a lot of blogging platforms, of course. And I realize this isn't exactly what you were asking for.

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