Credibility in Neuroscience at BNA2021

Be InCredible at BNA2021

The BNA’s ‘Credibility in neuroscience’ campaign is currently the core focus of the Association.  The campaign's vision is to ensure that neuroscience research is as robust, reliable, replicable, and reproducible as possible; in short, to ensure the credibility of neuroscience.

Find out more about why the BNA has made ‘Credibility in neuroscience’ its most important activity and read our Manifesto here.  We're very grateful to The Gatsby Foundation in particular for supporting our work in this area. 

BNA2021 provides all Festival-goers with the chance to 'Be InCredible'

Ask about credibility, discuss it with colleagues and leaders in the field, ask all your questions about what being credible in research means, raise your concerns, and see what steps you can take to make your work more robust, reliable, replicable, and reproducible (and discover what all those things mean!)

Not registered yet? Click here to get your ticket.

09:00 - 11:20 BST | Monday 12th April 2021

Workshop: Using R

Find out why R is so popular in academia, so important for credibility and for Open Science, and how you can use it yourself. See full details here.


14:40 - 16:00 BST | Tuesday 13th April 2021

Credibility Prize winners

We were thrilled to award the inaugural BNA Credibility Prizes this March, and even more to have the chance to invite all prize winners to share how they are making neuroscience as credible as this special event.


Student Researcher Credibility Prize 2021 winner: 
Marta Topor (University of Surrey, UK) 
Shaping research culture around credible and collaborative practices: a bottom-up approach.

Individual Researcher Credibility Prize 2021 winner: 
Amy Orben (University of Cambridge, UK)  
Not just black and white: Reflections on teaching good scientific practices.

Team Credibility Prize 2021 winner:
Malcolm Macleod and Kaitlyn Hair from CAMARADES (University of Edinburgh, UK)


09:00 - 10:20 BST | Wednesday 14th April 2021

Factor Friction: how do we move away from Journal Impact Factor whilst it remains valued by neuroscientists?

Ongoing efforts, most prominently from DORA (The Declaration of Research Assessment), continue to try and shift the evaluation of research and researchers away from a reliance on journal-based metrics like impact factor as the key measure of quality.

However, a recent BNA survey indicates that journal impact factor is still a big influence on where neuroscientists choose to publish.

How can neuroscience pave a new way to measure the quality of what we do?

This panel discussion special session will consider what’s driving behaviour, some of the different perspectives on measuring quality in neuroscience, and hopes for reforming the system. It will include a Q&A with plenty of chance for discussion with the panel.


  • Jeff Dalley (Chair), Brain and Neuroscience Advances and University of Cambridge, UK
  • Tara Spires-Jones, UK Dementia Research Institute, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • James Wilsdon, Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Siobhan Crilly, Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, UK
  • Richard Apps, School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, University of Bristol, UK


Throughout the Festival

Preregistration posters

Preregistration posters (in contrast to 'traditional' posters) present plans for research, rather than studies that have already been completed, allowing for more input from peers, supporting preregistration practices, enabling authors to gain advice on statistical analysis, and helping to counter rushed data collection and drawing conclusions.

The BNA has been a pioneer in preregistration posters, and we're delighted to feature preregistration posters at BNA2021 too.

See how to submit a preregistration poster abstract
Read more about the principles and advantages of prereg posters
Read publication in Nature Human Behaviour about the positive outcomes of prereg posters at BNA2019.


Throughout the Festival

Open forum for credibility in neuroscience

An open discussion forum will run throughout the Festival, giving all Festival-goers the chance to come and ask questions and advice about credibility in neuroscience.  


If you have any questions or you would like to get involved with the BNA's Credibility in Neuroscience campaign, please contact Joseph Clift at [email protected]