Open Drawer Archive (ODA)

Through the ODA project, CRDS assists researcher-practitioners in the social and behavioral sciences with a repository for professional research and educational materials.

ODA is not only for academics. It contains professional materials that are suitable for use in organizations and educational programs.

ODA is a response to bias against non-significant results and preference for significant, low-probability findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. For example, ODA can serve as a searchable resource for meta-analytic researchers seeking results of studies or projects that would not necessarily be found in peer-reviewed journals but would be valuable in measuring effect sizes.

Studies with sufficient statistical power but non-significant results are important findings that are under-reported. ODA addresses this “file drawer” problem by providing a place where these findings can be accessed.

Step 1: Licensing donated materials.

Donors provide materials to ODA by sending them to CRDS. We help them with permissions from employers, schools, and publishers to release copyrighted materials for public use. Next, CRDS helps the donor select and implement a suitable non-commercial license.

Step 2: Adding materials to ODA.

CRDS adds compliant materials to ODA. These are tagged and added to existing projects from the PFP program. Materials are made available to the public and protected for long-term release.

We accept professional and educational materials as well as professional research (significant or non-significant results). Contact CRDS for more information if you would like to donate copyrighted materials that were published previously in whole or in part.

Spotlight on ODA: An Assistant Professor

An assistant professor has numerous research and professional projects. A subset of these projects reaches an unusually high standard and is featured in the professor’s curriculum vitae. The professor has developed many more materials that do not see publication, including appendices, original educational materials for teaching, and professional documents for consulting projects. These projects are kept in the professor’s desk drawer or hard drive. The professor works with CRDS to license these materials for public use. Colleagues now have access to these materials, which are useful in meta-analysis, classroom learning, training, and other activities.

Step 3: Connecting researchers with interested parties.

The CRDS notifies individuals that new contents have been added to ODA within their areas of interest.

COMING SOON: We will provide information to make it clear how to submit new information (paper, email, mailing a disk).

We will also provide links for donation and a way to join the effort.

Example: A Factor Analysis PowerPoint was developed by a consultant. It is adaptable for clients and graduate students in a professional program. Download it below.

How Do I Provide Materials to ODA?

The following formats are suitable for submitting to ODA:

  • Submit an entire folder or file (digital preferred, paper accepted).
  • Donate a summary sheet.
  • Name and contact information with areas of your research, to be included publicly in the CRDS registry.