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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility


This conference is a forum for practicing and discussing credibility, transparency and replicability in the social sciences. About a decade ago, John Ioannidis claimed that “most published research findings are false”. While seeming outrageous at the time, a growing body of meta-science research in the behavioral and social sciences substantiated this claim, causing uncertainty about the trustworthiness of published scientific findings. We believe that threats to the validity of published findings in the social sciences are widespread and systemic. Therefore, this conference promotes introspection about the current state of social science research and exchange on the opportunities for institutional and methodological improvement in the future. The conference is supported by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and will take place from 25-27 January 2019 in Mannheim, Germany.


Conference Website - twitter

Keynote speakers:

Jeremy Freese (Stanford U)

Thomas König (APSR, U of Mannheim)

Arthur Lupia (OSF, U of Michigan)

Julia Rohrer (100% CI, Leipzig U)


Participate in the conference:


  • Give a talk: We call for researchers to advance discussion, debate, literature synthesis, or methods in open social science. We welcome methodological advances, e.g., p-curve analysis, systematic reviews, pre-analysis planning, and replication. We welcome general research findings that apply best practices of open science while conducting the research - Abstract submission DL: 22 August 2018  Read more

  • MZES-GESIS Pre-Registration Challenge: We call for researchers to participate in a competition to win funding or survey time for the most innovative and rigorous pre-registration plan for a social science study. - Abstract submission DL: 22 August 2018  Read more

  • OSSC19 Crowdsourced Replication Initiative: We call for researchers to replicate and expand a previously published cross-national macro-comparative study. The goal is to explore and develop crowdsourcing methods and generate research surpassing what a single researcher could achieve. The replication comes from the field of immigration and social policy, but we encourage social science researchers of all disciplines and levels to participate. All full participants will be co-authors on the final paper. - Registration DL: 27 July 2018   Read more

  • Participate as a guest in Mannheim during the conference or during the subsequent Open Science Workshop, offered in collaboration with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). Or use the live stream online.

Organizing Committee

Nate Breznau (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Eike Mark Rinke (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Alexander Wuttke (MZES, U of Mannheim)

Conference website: http://www.open-socsci.org/  

Twitter: @opensocsci




The Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association is accepting nominations for its annual Visual Communication Research Excellence Awards, to be presented at the Division meeting at the 2018 NCA convention in Salt Lake City, UT. An award for an outstanding essay or book chapter, outstanding book, and an outstanding dissertation will be presented this November. Eligible works must have been published (or in the case of a dissertation, completed) between September 2017 and August 2018, and must be authored by a member of the NCA Visual Communication Division. At least one author must be a division member if multiple authors contributed to the work.

Nominated research must directly address issues of concern to the study of visual communication in a critical, historical, cultural, pedagogical, applied, or theoretical sense. We welcome submissions from various perspectives, including but not limited to rhetorical, media studies, visual literacy, critical cultural studies, ethnographic, and nonverbal communication perspectives. A selected panel of scholars of visual communication will jury the submissions. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominees for the essay/chapter or dissertation awards should submit an electronic copy of the submission as well as a letter of recommendation to the committee. Nominees for the book award should mail 3 hard copies of the book and a letter of recommendation to the committee. (Book nominees may send an electronic copy of the recommendation letter, if preferred.) Please send submission materials to Damien Smith Pfister, chair of the Research Committee. Electronic submissions should be emailed to dsp@umd.edu, and hard copies of books should be mailed to Damien Smith Pfister, 2116 Skinner Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7635.

Please direct any queries to dsp@umd.edu.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.


89th Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association

The 89th Annual Convention of the Southern States Communication Association will be held April 3-7 in historic Montgomery, Alabama.  The conference theme is Conflict & Crisis at the Crossroads of Change. The call for papers may be found at


The submission deadline for nearly all divisions and interest groups is September 7, 2018.  Please submit your work and join us in Montgomery!

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