My name is Rosie Twomey and I am nearing the end of my first post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). I am from the UK and did my PhD part-time at the University of Brighton. Before completing my PhD, I was in a full-time academic position (lecturer in exercise physiology) at Northumbria University. I was there for 6-7 months before leaving for Canada to switch career paths – partly because I was burned out after teaching (often at the expense of research) for >6 years. My previous research was in high altitude physiology and neuromuscular function. I have been training in clinical trial methodology, and my current research investigates exercise as an intervention for people with cancer-related fatigue. Next, I will be working on implementing exercise as part of a clinical care pathway in head and neck cancer.
Very early in my research career, I was at the bottom of a hierarchy within an all-male team of senior researchers who were engaging in questionable research practices (QRPs). It was not possible for me to influence this situation at the time, but it influenced me. Over time, I engaged with the replication crisis and the open science movement via blogs, podcasts and Twitter. Fast forward to 2017, when I made a commitment to open and reproducible research. I have published the protocol to my current clinical trial in an open access journal and stated that I will make all data (where possible i.e. not identifiable) and code openly available. I have pre-registered on the Open Science Framework and I look forward to making use of the registered reports format in our future STORK journal. I introduced the idea of preprints to my research group and faced an unexpected amount of resistance that led me to reflect on how best to communicate the open science movement to my colleagues. Firstly, I made a commitment to early-career researchers (ECRs), after a lack of success/interest in trying to convince senior colleagues who have been successful within the current publishing system (inspired by one of Dorothy Bishops blogs: http://deevybee.blogspot.com/2017/05/reproducible-practices-are-future-for.html). I am interested in the point at which ECRs become aware that QRPs are QRPs, and facilitating the transition to rigorous research practices as early as possible. I’m excited that STORK will now be available when ECRs look for support/a community/validation outside of their immediate research team. I do not expect any prior knowledge about these issues or their potential solutions, and I am confident that STORK will be welcoming and inclusive to all.
I emailed John in June 2018 when I was organizing a symposium titled “Open and Reproducible Research Practices in Sport and Exercise Science: A Symposium for ECRs by ECRs”. Unfortunately (but perhaps unsurprisingly) it was not accepted, but I am so pleased that it led to my recent involvement in the Sportχiv steering board, a call for the adoption of more transparent research practices (https://osf.io/preprints/sportrxiv/fxe7a) and STORK. I would encourage ECRs to join STORK, and in doing so, join a growing community of like-minded researchers and practitioners in kinesiology (AKA sport and exercise science) who are interested in moving the field forwards.