Synthesizing evidence is becoming an increasingly critical part of our scientific workflow. Here we propose the development of a ‘open evidence synthesis community’ to help coordinate and facilitate the efforts of empiricists and synthesists as we work together towards creating new scientific insights.
Nakagawa et al. 2020. Nature Ecology and Evolution
What are practical steps we can take to facilitate synthesis-ready research? We use a mindfulness trial as an empirical example to highlight how to ensure the following: 1) primary studies are discoverable; 2) the types of data needed for synthesis are present; 3) these data are readily synthesizable. Here, we also highlight how several tools and practices can aid authors in these efforts.
Incorperating Open Science Principles into Ecological Field Courses
The next generation of researchers is likely to work in a world where Open Science principles and workflows are increasingly mainstream and expected, not only within the research community, but also by funders, publishers, and society at large. It is critical that field courses are designed to prepare ECRs for these challenges. Combining online and field-based learning following Open Science principles offers many possibilities to stimulate development of field courses, data and knowledge yield, and ECR development.
Geange, von Oppen and Strydom et al. (2020) in Ecology and Evolution
And our popular science contribution in Ecology for the Masses