The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) brings together researchers in the field of psychology to improve their methods and practices. Most researchers use experimental designs to conduct their research, and graphs to talk about their data. SIPS is a service organization aiming to increase the quality of psychological science by focussing on ways to improve our experimental designs, openness, preregistration, material and data sharing, replicability, etc. We are a new, transparent, and open society. Anyone interested in improving psychological research is welcome to join, regardless of experience. SIPS affirms a set of key values:
Self-improvement. Science is a process of continuous improvement and refinement of knowledge. SIPS seeks to assess and improve the rigor of psychological methods and the accuracy of empirical claims.
Transparency and openness. Scientific knowledge is independently verifiable; veracity relies only on content, not source. SIPS supports free and open sharing of the process of conducting research (e.g., pre-registration), for content generated during research (e.g., code, data, materials), and of reported findings (e.g., open access).
Critical evaluation. Science self-corrects by being skeptical and critical of its own processes, findings, and conclusions. SIPS fosters an atmosphere in which skepticism and criticism are encouraged as a necessary part of scientific discourse.
Civil dialogue. Supporting skepticism and criticism does not imply supporting incivility, which interferes with scientific progress by turning scientific critique into personal attacks and has inordinate impacts on those with less power. SIPS promotes critical evaluation with civility and mutual respect.
Inclusivity. SIPS strives for inclusivity of individuals and groups with diverse personal backgrounds, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in science. SIPS also recognizes that many activities contribute to the mission of advancing knowledge, including mentorship, pedagogy, and research.