Why is it important to preregister research studies? According to associate professor Matthias Mittner, at the research group for cognitive neurosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, there are good reasons for doing this:
- You can get good feedback from reviewers on an early stage.
- You get a time stamp on your idea.
- The result is more trustworthy, and you avoid data dredging, like p-fishing, or post hoc storytelling/HARKing (hypothesizing after the results are known).
- You also increase the credibility of the reports you produce.
First published online May 9, 2019.