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Call for contributions to web-based timing meta-study

Our project aims to verify, and to assess the extent of, the superiority of a recently demonstrated improvement in JavaScript-based display timing precision in web-based experiments, as compared to the less precise conventional method (Lukács & Gartus, 2022; cf. Garaizar & Reips, 2019). We seek researchers who are planning to conduct any online response-time based experiments
● in the near future,
● using their own custom JavaScript-based app for data collection,
● and would be able and willing to contribute to our project as a co-author in our eventual paper.

We hope to finish all data collection and have a written manuscript by the end of 2023, but for the moment we have no fixed deadline either for applying for participation or for ending data collection. For more details and for up-to-date information, please contact us.

The project is organized by the iScience team at the University of Konstanz (team leader: Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips), in collaboration with the Department of Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg University (Dr. Bennett Kleinberg).

If you are interested in contributing or have any questions, please contact us.

You are encouraged to further share and forward this call – it would be much appreciated.

Garaizar, P., & Reips, U.-D. (2019). Best practices: Two Web-browser-based methods for stimulus presentation in behavioral experiments with high-resolution timing requirements. Behavior Research Methods, 51(3), 1441–1453.
Lukács, G., & Gartus, A. (2022). Precise display time measurement in JavaScript for web-based experiments. Behavior Research Methods. Advance online publication.

Funny or scary? Web research on coulrophobia

Just in time for April 1, we are happy to present you an exciting discovery from the citations of iScience research: Coulrophobia is not a recognized, specific medical condition (yet), but it is a very common phobia, the fear of clowns. 🤡 Planting et al. (2022) tackled the matter using web research. Happy reading! 📖

Planting, T., Koopowitz, S. M., & Stein, D. J. (2022). Coulrophobia: An investigation of clinical features. South African Journal of Psychiatry28, 4.

Open academic position – join our team (50-75 %, E 13 TV-L*)!

Make your dreams✨ come true and start or continue your academic career in the iScience group at the University of Konstanz (pre- or postdoctoral level)! 🎓🚀 We are looking for a talented pre- or postdoc member to join our team on June 1st, 2022, or by agreement. If you would like to be a part of a working group that is always at the forefront of academic innovation, then this is the job for you – we are looking forward to your application! 📝🙌

Major update WEXTOR 2022 is available for all users

WEXTOR 2022 is live for all users! 🥳 Discover the latest version of, empowering next-generation web experiments, e.g., with mobile-optimized templates 📲, the Sealed Input Box Plugin 🛡, or the Random Stimulus Plugin 🧑🏼‍💻.

Changelog (WEXTOR 2021 → WEXTOR 2022):

– Responsive Questionnaire Templates
– Live Preview Device Simulator
– New Fonts
– New Style Options (e.g., round vs. angular)
– Smart Search Engine Bot Detection
– SEO Improvements
– WexList Sharing API
– Drag & Drop Experiment Upload
– Non-Binary Gender Option
– Multiple Site Entry Technique Tag Generator
– 7-Point Likert Scale Plugin
– 5-Point Likert Scale Plugin
– Random Stimulus Plugin (random displaying of stimuli with(out) replacement)
– Button Hover Effects
– Experiments SSL Support
– Smart Snowball Sampling
– Experiment Structure Sharing
– Open Science Approaches Compliance
– “Join WEXTOR Pool” Option
– Improved Button Captions
– Sealed Input Box Plugin (allows entering information that is randomized & stored separately from the other data)
– Improved Form Validation
– Informed Consent Template
– Optional Quit Early Button
– Screen Dimensions Data Collection
– General Bug Fixes & Improvements

Try it out today at! ❤️🎓🚀