More Pre-Registration, More Null Results

[From the article, “First analysis of ‘pre-registered’ studies shows sharp rise in null findings” by Matthew Warren, published at Nature.com]
“Studies that fail to find a positive result are often filed away, never to see the light of day, which leads to a publication bias that compromises the credibility of scientific literature.”
“An analysis now suggests that registering and peer-reviewing study protocols before research is conducted could improve this ‘file-drawer problem’, and help to correct the existing publication bias towards positive findings.”
“Researchers from Cardiff University, UK, report what they say is the first analysis of whether the practice is effective. They find that studies for which protocols were pre-registered are much more likely than the general scientific literature to report null findings. The analysis was posted on 17 October to the PsyArXiv repository.”
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