Category: GUEST BLOGS


BOB REED: Replications Can Make Things Worse? Really?

In a recent article in Slate entitled “The Unintended Consequences of Trying to Replicate Research,” IVAN ORANSKY and ADAM MARCUS from Retraction Watch argue that replications can exacerbate research unreliability.  The argument assumes that publication bias is more likely to favour confirming replication studies…

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CLAIRE BOEING-REICHER: Crowdsourcing a Journal’s Replication Policy

As reported in a previous blog post, the Economics E-Journal has launched a new replication section. As part of this initiative, we have developed a set of guidelines for replication submissions. These guidelines seek to strike a reasonable balance among…

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CLAIRE BOEING-REICHER: Economics E-Journal Opens a Replication Section

The Economics E-Journal announces the launch of a dedicated replication section. This initiative is a joint effort of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the German National Library for Economics (ZBW).  It provides authors across all fields…

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RICHARD BALL: Introducing Project TIER

Project TIER (Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research) is one of the many initiatives launched within the last several years—a number of which have been featured in previous TRN guest blogs—that seek to strengthen standards of research transparency in the social…

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MICHELE NUIJTEN: The Replication Paradox

Lately, there has been a lot of attention for the excess of false positive and exaggerated findings in the published scientific literature. In many different fields there are reports of an impossibly high rate of statistically significant findings, and studies…

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JOHN COCHRANE: Secret Data

(REPOST FROM JOHN COCHRANE’S BLOG, THE GRUMPY ECONOMIST) On replication in economics. Just in time for bar-room discussions at the annual meetings. “I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.”   –Fermat…

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GARRET CHRISTENSEN: An Introduction to BITSS

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) was formed in late 2012 after a meeting in Berkeley that led to the publication of an article in Science on ways to increase transparency and improve reproducibility in research across the social sciences. BITSS…

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ETIENNE LEBEL: Introducing “CurateScience.Org”

It is my pleasure to introduce Curate Science (http://CurateScience.org) to The Replication Network. Curate Science is a web application that aims to facilitate and incentivize the curation and verification of empirical results in the social sciences (initial focus in Psychology)….

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BENJAMIN WOOD and ANNETTE BROWN: What 3ie Is Doing in the Replication Business

What’s the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) doing in the replication business? 3ie is mostly known in the development community as a funder of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. But our leadership always envisioned a role for replication research…

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SVEN VLAEMINCK: Data Policies at Economics Journals: Theory and Practice

In economic sciences, empirically-based studies have become increasingly important: According to Hamermesh (2012), the number of contributions to journals in which authors utilized self-collected or externally produced datasets for statistical analyses have massively increased in the course of the last…

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