A Great Introduction to Open Science: The Pennington Book

A clear and highly readable account of the last decade or so, with lots of help to put Open Science into practice. Find details here.

  • A mere 80 pages, but well-informed and comprehensive.
  • Lots of engaging stories, infectious enthusiasm.
  • Numerous links so you can follow up anything of particular interest.
  • Statistical issues are mentioned but not discussed in detail, so the book will fit well alongside the second edition of ITNS.

As a student, Charlotte Pennington became fascinated by stereotype threat, a long-established concept in social psychology. In 2013 she eagerly started her PhD on the topic. However, despite her careful efforts many of her studies found little or no difference between her groups. These studies were repeatedly refused publication. Feeling pressure to gain publications in good journals she became anxious and depressed. Then in 2016 she discovered discussions of the replication crisis and Open Science. She accepted that many of findings she had encountered as established had now been shown not to be replicable. She read further and soon made it her passion to teach about the story of the emergence and development of Open Science, and what now needs to be done to achieve efficient research and a trustworthy research literature. Hence this book–it’s a valuable contribution.


Pennington, C. (2023). A student’s guide to Open Science: Using the replication crisis to reform psychology. McGraw Hill, Open University Press.

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