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Enter the Preregistration Challenge

Articles must be published by an approved journal by December 31, 2018 to be eligible for a prize.

You can create a preregistration by choosing Prereg Challenge from the list of registration forms when registering a project. You may also start a preregistration, continue work on an existing preregistration, or preregister an already existing project from the preregistration main page. This help guide will walk you through how to start a new preregistration.

NOTE: If you plan to submit your preregistration for blinded peer review, check to make sure that no identifying information is included in your data plan when you submit your preregistration. After submission, you can create a view-only link and anonymize your name on the "Registration Overview" page and the "Authors" section of the form; however, if your name is included in an attachment on the form, the view-only link will not work to hide this. Once you submit a preregistration, you will not be able to edit or make changes to it.

1. Start the Prereg Challenge

First, sign in to the OSF, and go to https://osf.io/prereg/.

You will be taken to the Prereg Challenge landing page.

There are three options you can choose to start a preregistration. This guide will give instructions on how to start a new preregistration. This workflow creates an OSF project that connects to your preregistration. The project allows you to track your research progress and create more registrations throughout the research lifecycle.

However, if you have already started a preregistration and have saved it as a draft, clicking Continue working on an existing preregistration would be the best option for you. Note that this option only appears on the landing page when you have a draft preregistration. If you have an OSF project that you would like to preregister for the challenge, you should click Make a preregistration for a project you already have on the OSF.

Click Start a new preregistration.

A textbox will appear below the button.

Type a title for your preregistration into the textbox, then click Continue.

A modal will appear that explains the terms for the Preregistration Challenge.

Read the terms discussed in the modal, then check the box next to "I have read these terms." If you want to preregister without entering into the Preregistration Challenge, you will still need to check the box next to "I have read these terms." 

Next, click Continue to start your preregistration form.

The preregistration form will appear.

2. Enter your research plan

There are seven pages of questions to fill out in the preregistration form. You can save your form as a draft at any point throughout this process and continue to work on it until you are ready to submit. See this help guide for instructions: Save Your Registration Form as a Draft.

Alternatively, you can download the preregistration template of the form here, fill it out, and then 1) either copy and paste the content into the Preregistration Challenge form - 2) or attach the completed template as a file to a question in the form - if you choose this second option, simply enter "see attached file" for the questions.

Add attachments to the form

You can attach files to the preregistration form if you need more room than is available on the form itself or if you want to include supplementary material, such as analysis scripts.

If you plan to submit your preregistration for blinded peer review, make sure that you remove any identifiable information from the files before you upload them to your preregistration form. You will not be able to remove your name from these files after you submit your preregistration.

Only a few questions in the preregistration form allow you to add attachments.

On these questions, click the Attach File link.

A "Files" section will appear below the "Attach File" link.

Select OSF Storage, then either click the Upload button and select a file from a dialog box, or drag and drop a file into OSF Storage from your computer.

* Note if you originally clicked Make a preregistration for a project you already have on the OSF, and you have files uploaded to the OSF project, then a list of files will appear below OSF Storage from which you can choose and attach to the form. Files uploaded to storage add-ons are not yet supported in this process.

The file will be attached to the question.

Remove attachments from the form

Making changes to an attachment before you submit your preregistration may cause the preregistration to fail. If your preregistration fails due to a modified file, don't worry! Your preregistration will be saved as a draft in your live project's "Registrations" tab. If you need any help, email user support at support@cos.io or contact@cos.io.

If you want to make changes to an attachment - such as renaming it or editing the content - you first need to remove the attachment from the form. To remove an attachment, click the red X next to the filename. Then make the changes to the file on your computer and re-upload the file to the form.

3. Review your preregistration form

When you get to the "Other" page in your form, click the Preview for submission button.

A preview of your form will appear.

Review your answers. If you see anything you want to change, click the Continue editing button on the bottom left of the page.

4. Submit your preregistration

When you're ready to submit your preregistration, click Submit for review in the bottom right of the preview version of your form.

* If you want to preregister without entering the Preregistration Challenge, you can click Register without review. Choosing this option will make your preregistration ineligible for the Preregistration Challenge.

The "Notice of Consent" modal will appear.

Read the terms and check the box next to I agree.

Then click Continue.

If you register without review, a different modal will appear in which you can click Continue to proceed to make your preregistration either public or embargoed.

Make your preregistration public or embargoed

Click inside the "Registration Choice" menu. Then choose to either make your registration public immediately or to embargo it for up to 4 years.

If you choose to enter your preregistration into an embargo, the "Embargo End Date" box will appear below the "Registration Choice" menu.

Click inside the "Embargo End Date" box, and a calendar will appear from which you can select the date that you want to end the embargo.

Then, click the Submit button to finalize your submission.

You will be taken to the "Registrations" page in your OSF project, where a message confirming your preregistration submission will appear at the top of the page.

A member of the COS review team will review your submission to ensure completeness and adherence to the competition’s terms and will contact you within two business days either with comments on how to improve your preregistration form or to confirm that your preregistration has been approved.

5. What should you do if your preregistration is accepted?

You will be notified by email if your preregistration is accepted. You will then need to approve your registration via email. After you have approved, your preregistration will either be made public or embargoed, depending on the privacy settings you selected when you submitted your form.

You can then begin your research in the way you describe in your preregistration form.

6. What should you do if your preregistration is rejected?

You will be notified by email if your preregistration is rejected by the reviewers. The reviewers will leave comments on your preregistration form with feedback on how to improve your research plan to adhere to the terms of the Preregistration Challenge.

To read the comments, navigate to your live project, and click the Registrations tab.

Your preregistration will have been saved as a draft that you can access by clicking the Draft Registrations tab on the "Registrations" page.

Open your draft preregistration and the comments will be located at the bottom of the pages in the form. There may be comments on only one or two of the pages, so you will need to check each page of the form to find them.

Make the advised changes to the corresponding questions in the preregistration form.

Then, resubmit your preregistration for a second review.