Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Population? What Population?

[From the abstract of a new working paper by DANIEL SIMONS, YUICHI SHODA, and D. STEPHEN LINDSAY entitled “Constraints on Generality (COG): A Proposed Addition to All Empirical Papers”] “A cumulative science depends on accurately characterizing the generality of findings, but…

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If the American Statistical Association Warns About p-Values, and Nobody Hears It, Does It Make a Sound?

[From the article, “The ASA’s p-value statement, one year on”, which appeared in the online journal Significance, a publication of the American Statistical Association] “A little over a year ago now, in March 2016, the American Statistical Association (ASA) took…

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StudySwap: eHarmony for Replicators

[From an interview with Christopher Chartier and Randy McCarthy at Retraction Watch]   “Do researchers need a new “Craigslist?” We were recently alerted to a new online platform called StudySwap by one of its creators … The platform creates an “online marketplace” that previous researchers…

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Revised European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Calls for Publication of Negative Results

[From the article “Stop binning negative results, researchers told” at www.timeshighereducation.com] “A new Europe-wide code of research conduct has ordered academics and journals to treat negative experimental results as being equally worthy of publication as positive ones. … The new European Code…

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“Rigor Mortis”: The Retraction Watch Interview with Richard Harris

Reproducibility is not just an issue in economics.  In a new book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions”, NPR science reporter Richard Harris describes and elaborates on the problem of irreproducibility for medical…

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Bayes Factors Versus p-Values

In a recent article in PLOS One, Don van Ravenzwaaij and John Ioannidis argue that Bayes factors should be preferred to significance testing (p-values) when assessing the effectiveness of new drugs.  At his blogsite The 20% Statistician, Daniel Lakens argues…

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How to Fix the “Reproducibility Crisis”? Three Solutions

[From the article “The science ‘reproducibility crisis’ — and what can be done about it” from the website theconversation.com.] “Reproducibility is the idea that an experiment can be repeated by another scientist and they will get the same result. It is…

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How Many Ways Are There to Replicate? The Journal Scientific Data Presents a Collection of Examples

[From the abstract of the article, “Replication data collection highlights value in diversity of replication attempts”, by DeSoto and Schweinsberg in the journal Scientific Data.]   “Researchers agree that replicability and reproducibility are key aspects of science. A collection of Data…

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The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative (Part 2): Get the App!

Tom Hardwicke, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Meta-Research Innovation Center (METRICS) at Stanford, has written an app to collect and summarize reviewers’ experiences with encouraging data transparency when they review for journals.  Hardwicke describes his app as follows: “The PRO…

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The Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative (Part 1): Storm Brewing Within the American Psychological Association

[From the article “Peer-review activists push psychology journals towards open data” at nature.com]  “An editor on the board of a journal published by the prestigious American Psychological Association (APA) has been asked to resign in a controversy over data sharing…

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