Collaboration and open science initiatives in primate research

Many Primates, Drew Altschul, Manuel Bohn, Charlotte Canteloup, Sonja J. Ebel, R. Hernandez-Aguilar, Marine Joly, Stefanie Keupp, Miquel Llorente, Cathal O'Madagain, Christopher I. Petkov, Darby Proctor, Alba Motes Rodrigo, Kirsten Sutherland, Anna Szabelska, Derry James Taylor, Christoph J. Völter, Nicolás G. Wiggenhauser

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Traditionally, primate cognition research has been conducted by independent teams on small populations of a few species. Such limited variation and small sample sizes pose problems that prevent us from reconstructing the evolutionary history of primate cognition. In this chapter, we discuss how large-scale collaboration, a research model successfully implemented in other fields, makes it possible to obtain the large and diverse datasets needed to conduct robust comparative analysis of primate cognitive abilities. We discuss the advantages and challenges of large-scale collaborations and argue for the need for more open science practices in the field. We describe these collaborative projects in psychology and primatology and introduce ManyPrimates as the first, successful collaboration that has established an infrastructure for large-scale, inclusive research in primate cognition. Considering examples of large-scale collaborations both in primatology and psychology, we conclude that this type of research model is feasible and has the potential to address otherwise unattainable questions in primate cognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrimate Cognitive Studies
EditorsBennett L. Schwartz, Michael J. Beran
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781108955836
ISBN (Print)9781108845434
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • large-scale collaborations
  • open science
  • replications
  • primate cognition
  • primate evolution


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