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BITSS Annual Meeting 2016


BITSS will hold its fifth Annual Meeting on December 15-16, 2016 in Berkeley, California to bring together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to strengthen the standards of transparency and reproducibility across social science disciplines. The meeting will feature keynote speakers, an announcement of the 2016 Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science, results from selected Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) grants, and selected research from the now closed call for papers. We will also hold a film screening of The (Dis)Honesty Project with a Q&A after with Academy Award winning producer and director Yael Melamede.

The 2016 BITSS Annual Meeting will be supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

The agenda will be finalized and announced in this week. You can find a general agenda hereRegister here!

Date and Time

Dec 15, 2016 — Dec 16, 2016


David Brower Center2150 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94704David Brower Center2150 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94704David Brower Center

2150 Alliston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704


Thursday, December 15, 2016


9:30 AM-10:00 AM

Setup and Workshop Registration

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Student Training Workshop

Introduction to Research Transparency Software Tools and Methodology

Garret Christensen, BITSS/BIDS Project Scientist

Cory Belden, Political Science, UC Davis

BITSS Executive Committee & Advisory Board Meeting

For invited guests only


1:00 PM-1:30 PM

Setup and Registration

1:30 PM-2:00 PM

Introduction and Reflections on Progress Achieved

Edward Miguel, CEGA/BITSS Faculty Director, UC Berkeley

2:00 PM-2:45 PM


Lorena Barba, George Washington University

2:45 PM-3:30PM

Predicting Experimental Results: Who Knows What?

Stefano DellaVigna, UC Berkeley

3:30 PM-3:45 PM


3:45 PM-4:30 PM

Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science Recipients

Presentation of awards and a panel discussion with the 2016 recipients

4:30 PM-5:30 PM


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Public Film Screening of The (Dis)Honesty Project, a collaboration between celebrated behavioral scientist Dan Ariely and award-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede, aims to create a space where we can explore the complicated truth(s) of (dis)honesty and improve our own behavior and that of the world around us. 

Following the film, Yael and RAND Behavioral and Social Scientist, Sean Grant, will lead a Q&A to foster dialogue about factors that may make people act (dis)honestly and how they relate to promoting open science.

Friday, December 16, 2016


8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Setup and Registration

9:00 AM-9:25 AM

Panel Data and Experimental Design

Fiona Burlig, UC Berkeley

9:30 AM-9:55 AM

Predicting the Reproducibility of Lab Experiments

Adam Altmejd, Stockholm School of Economics

10:00 AM-10:25 AM

Assessing Bias from the (Mis)Use of Covariates A Meta-Analysis

Gabriel Lenz; Alexander Sahn, UC Berkeley

10:25 AM-10:45 AM


10:45 AM-11:10 AM

“statcheck”: An Automated Way to Find Misreported P-Values

Michèle Nuijten, Tilburg University; Sacha Epskamp, University of Amsterdam

11:15 AM-11:40 AM

Getting it Right with Meta-Analysis: Correcting Effect Sizes for Publication Bias in Meta-Analyses from Psychology and Medicine

Robbie van Aert, Tilburg University

11:45 AM-12:10 AM

Replication in Economics

Paul Gertler, UC Berkeley

12:15 PM-1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Journal Editors Roundtable- Results-Blind Review

Eric Eich – former Editor-in-chief of Psychological Science

Arthur Lupia – Co-founder of the Election Pre-acceptance Registration Commission

Barbara Spellman former Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science

Daniel Lakens – Guest Editor of registered reports special issue of Social Psychology

2:30 PM-3:00 PM

Open Discussion & Next Steps

Edward Miguel, UC Berkeley

Kevin Esterling, UC Riverside