Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Political Science Journal Puts on Double Feature

[From the website of the journal Japanese Journal of Political Science, published by Cambridge University Press] The website of the Japanese Journal of Political Science recently announced that it was allowing authors to select “results-blind” reviewing as an alternative to…

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IN THE NEWS: Forbes (August 12, 2018)

[From the article, “Will Facebook’s New Research Initiative Make The Replication Crisis Worse?” by Kalev Leetaru, published online at Forbes.com] “The era of “big data” has transformed our understanding of the human world, making it possible for researchers to study billions…

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P-Values Between 0.01 and 0.10 Are a Problem?

[From the blog, “The uncanny mountain: p-values between .01 and .10 are still a problem” by Julia Rohrer, posted at The 100% CI] “Study 1: In line with our hypothesis, …, p = 0.03.” “Study 2: As expected, … p =…

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The Best Offense for Determining Research Reliability is a Good (Dept. of) Defense?

[From the article “Q&A Adam Russell: Can automated tools reliably rate research reproducibility?” by Dalmeet Singh Chawla, published at natureindex.com] “Recently the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) solicited research proposals on developing automated tools that assign confidence…

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Pros and Cons of Open Science

[From the blog “How Freely Should Scientists Share Their Data?” by Daniel Barron, published at blogs.scientificamerican.com] “At the beginning of graduate school, I decided I wanted to study how epileptic seizures damage the brain. I was in something of a…

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A Unified Framework for Quantifying Scientific Credibility?

[From the abstract of the paper, “A Unified Framework to Quantify the Credibility of Scientific Findings”, by Etienne LeBel, Randy McCarthy, Brian Earp, Malte Elson, and Wolf Vanpaemel, published in the journal, Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science] “…we…

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IN THE NEWS: NY Times (August 6, 2018)

[From a letter to the editor by Arthur C. Evans Jr., chief executive of the American Psychological Association] “We are proud that psychologists are at the forefront of those calling for reassessment of earlier research. The American Psychological Association has embraced…

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Open Data. Open Policy.

[From the blog “A Great Day for Open Policy Analysis” by Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS Postdoc) posted at http://www.bitss.org%5D “Earlier this year, I headed over to the CBO [U.S. Congressional Budget Office] to share my efforts to “reverse engineer”…

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Not all Failed Repications are Failures

[From the article “There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies” by Koen Smets, published at the Behavioral Scientist] “In some cases, follow-up studies have unmasked outright frauds, like Diederik Stapel, who fabricated and manipulated data to show…

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Replication in Economics: Psychology Isn’t the Only Place Where Context Matters

[From the blog, “The replication puzzle: why do policies work there but not here?” by Tom Graham, posted at Apolitical] “In the US, the Nurse-Family Partnership is considered a proven program. It sends nurses to visit poor first-time mothers, and in…

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