Open Science in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: A Statement From the Behavioral Medicine Research Council

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Open Science practices include some combination of registering and publishing study protocols (including hypotheses, primary and secondary outcome variables, and analysis plans) and making available preprints of manuscripts, study materials, de-identified data sets, and analytic codes. This statement from the Behavioral Medicine Research Council (BMRC) provides an overview of these methods, including preregistration; registered reports; preprints; and open research. We focus on rationales for engaging in Open Science and how to address shortcomings and possible objections. Additional resources for researchers are provided. Research on Open Science largely supports positive consequences for the reproducibility and reliability of empirical science. There is no solution that will encompass all Open Science needs in health psychology and behavioral medicine's diverse research products and outlets, but the BMRC supports increased use of Open Science practices where possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-367
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This statement was developed through a collaboration among the Society for Health Psychology, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and has been published jointly in Health Psychology, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and Psychosomatic Medicine. The authors thank Ava Cazares, Joon Soo Kim, Thomas Mistretta, Halie Pfister, Cristina Pinheiro, Charis Stanek, Christy Wang, and Andrea Yacoub for their assistance in coding Open Science practices.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychosomatic Society.


  • Methodology
  • Privacy
  • Publication bias
  • Reproducibility

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  • Medicine (all)


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