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In 2020, the EGAP Registry will move to a new home, hosted by the Center for Open Science’s OSF Registries. 
 
Over the past several years, the EGAP Registry has been gaining momentum and more awareness by researchers in the political science community. Simultaneously, the OSF offers a flexible registration structure that can support any registry and leverage OSF’s other services. Recently, teams at EGAP and COS have been discussing how to integrate the two systems. By making the two systems work together, we aim to reduce the time researchers spend entering duplicate information while increasing the sharing of accurate and transparent information on research projects. 
 
What does this mean for you?
  • Your registration will move from EGAP to a new platform in the coming weeks.
  • You’ll receive an invitation to join OSF and view your registration. You can choose to confirm this account or not; your registration will automatically be created on the new site.
  • Your current registration on EGAP's website will remain until the full registry workflow is moved to OSF.
  • If your registration is currently gated, it will be migrated and remain private until the gate date.
The migration of currently-registered studies is the first step in the process of fully merging the EGAP registry and OSF. After the migration is complete, we will move the registration submission process into OSF as well. We will follow up with additional directions when that move is imminent. For ease of use and reference, after the merger is complete, EGAP’s website will continue to serve as an access point for all things related to the registry. This will include both the registration submission process, as well as the full registry view. These pages will also be accessible via the OSF homepage; authors will have the choice of accessing them via workflow most convenient to them.
 
Why is the registry moving?
  • The merger will increase the sharing of accurate and transparent information on research projects, and allow EGAP registry authors to continue to upload information related to the project post-registration
  • The merger will take advantage of COS’s data hosting and web design expertise, with dedicated technical support for the EGAP registry
  • Registered studies will have the ability to seamlessly tie into other OSF’s project management/documentation functions, including the ability to add data, code, materials, and outputs after the completion of the study
  • Registered studies will also have robust sharing ability, with user-generated anonymous pages for journal reviewers, citable URLs, and unique DOIs.
  • Shared infrastructure with other community-led registries eliminates duplicated effort and makes limited resources go further to serve the researcher community 
  • By linking the two systems together, we aim to reduce the time researchers spend entering duplicate information 
The migration of content from the current EGAP Registry to its new home is the first step in a broader project to improve the registry. In the coming months, you’ll see these exciting developments:
  • A streamlined submission process for new registrations
  • Branded discovery page for EGAP content 
  • Integrated moderation process for submissions to the registry
If you have any questions about the migration or any upcoming steps, please feel free to direct them to paps@egap.org.