Pre-Data-Collection Poster Session

Sunday, May 19, 2024, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Banyan Breezeway
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 2:45 – 6:45 pm, Banyan Breezeway

Organizers: Sabrina Hansmann-Roth, University of Iceland; Bjoern Joerges, York University; William Ngiam, University of Chicago; Janna Wennberg, University of California

It is customary for conference posters to contain at least preliminary results – that is some data has to have been collected. However, criticism and suggestions with regards to the experimental design – a major benefit of poster sessions – would be most helpful before data collection has even started. Receiving feedback at an early stage in research promotes rigorous and impactful science by helping researchers identify confounds, hidden assumptions, or even learn of issues with past attempts before it is too late, cutting down on research waste and enabling suggested changes being implemented to their experiments. This mirrors one of the key advantages of Open Science initiatives like Registered Reports, which adds peer scrutiny of a preregistration before data is collected. Following the positive response of last year’s attendees, we would therefore like to organize another pre-data-collection poster session in the context of VSS2024.

Interested VSS attendees will be asked to sign up by indicating their research topic and a short (250 word) description of their research idea and the methods to be used. To ensure that researchers are able to discuss current projects, registration for this event will be just-in-time (deadline May 5th). Those selected will be asked to prepare a conference poster which focuses heavily on the theoretical background of the study, and their proposed study methods. Attendance will be capped at a number of 40 participants and spots will be granted on a first come, first serve basis after a quick basic quality check by the organizers.

We are aware that, under an adversarial, competitive – dare I say capitalist – view of academia, this event may place presenters in a vulnerable position – participation publicizes research ideas without allowing them to formally lay claim through a publication. We encourage poster viewers to be mindful, using this event to establish collaboration with presenters and improve science. We will be creating an Open Science Framework Meetings page if presenters wish to upload their pre-data posters, providing a verification and timestamp of their research proposals. However, ultimately if you are worried about getting scooped, presenting your idea at this event might not be the right decision for you.

You can view and download the abstract booklet for this year’s session here: