AsPredicted: Terms of use

Terms of Use

(last updated: 2017 03 15)

1. All AsPredicted submissions remain private until actively made public by a participating author (an author who actively approved it through the system).

2. No changes can be made to a pre-registration once it has been created, except to update email addresses of a participating author (and only for still private pre-registrations).

3. Private pre-registrations are, by default, viewable only by their participating authors, but see points 4 and 5 below.

4. If a participating author creates an anonymous .pdf of their pre-registration (e.g., to share with reviewers from a peer-reviewed journal), the pre-registration becomes viewable by anyone with access to the associated URL. does not actively disseminate such URL but takes no active role in preventing their dissemination by 3rd parties (e.g., a reviewer for a journal who receives such link could share it with others).

5. We have several algorithms that routinely run analyses on private and public submissions seeking to identify possible abuse and errors. When a pattern deserving closer attention is identified, members of the AsPredicted team are notified and at least one member reads portions or the totality of the suspected submissions; if no obvious benign explanation for the activity flagged by the algorithm is identified, that member of the AsPredicted team emails the participating authors asking for an explanation. If no satisfactory explanation is provided, a disclaimer may be added to the public .pdf (if already public), and the corresponding private pre-registrations may be blocked from being made public. Moreover, suspicious activity may lead to block involved authors from creating new pre-registrations. So far, all instances flagged by the algorithms have had benign explanations.

6. Currently there is no search function for public pre-registrations; thus, even public pre-registrations are only viewable by those who know the corresponding URL. This may change in the future without notice. Moreover, no action is taken to prevent third parties (e.g., search engines) from indexing public pre-registrations. Authors should assume eventually a public pre-registration will be findable via a web search.

7. may share the entire stock of public pre-registrations with 3rd parties upon request, for example, with researchers conducting meta-science research on pre-registrations.

8. will not share private pre-registrations with 3rd parties, except in the context of formal investigations of academic misconduct by a university or granting agency, of if required by law.

9. Public pre-registrations are automatically and permanently archived in the