Category: NEWS & EVENTS


How Much Power Does the Average Social Science Study Have? Less Than You Think

[Excerpts taken from the blog, “No, average statistical power is not as high as you think: Tracing a statistical error as it spreads through the literature”, by Andrew Gelman, posted at Statistical Modelling] “I was reading this recently published article by Sakaluk…

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When Peer Review is Too Slow – How About a Red Team?

[Excerpts taken from the article, “Pandemic researchers — recruit your own best critics” by Daniël Lakens, published in Nature] “As researchers rush to find the best ways to quell the COVID-19 crisis, they want to get results out ultra-fast. Preprints…

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Debunking Three Common Claims of Scientific Reform

[Excerpts are taken from the article, “The case for formal methodology in scientific reform” by Berna Devezer, Danielle Navarro, Joachim Vandekerckhove, and Erkan Buzbas, posted at bioRxiv] “Methodologists have criticized empirical scientists for: (a) prematurely presenting unverified research results as…

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Letter in Nature Announces New Reproduction and Replication Journal

[Excerpt taken from “New journal for reproduction and replication results”, correspondence by Etienne Roesch and Nicolas Rougier published in Nature] “More incentive is needed to spur investigation into replication issues and null results (see Nature 578, 489–490; 2020). For example, experienced scientists…

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Pre-Registration as a Severe Testing Device

[Excerpts are taken from the preprint, “The Value of Preregistration for Psychological Science: A Conceptual Analysis” by Daniël Lakens, posted at PsyArXiv Preprints] What is Preregistration For? “If the only goal of a researcher is to prevent bias, it suffices…

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NEWS FLASH: Economics Journal Seeking Replication Studies to Publish. Now.

The International Journal for Re-views of Empirical Economics (IREE) is the only economics journal soley dedicated to replication research. They are looking to publish quality replication studies. If you have students conducting replications in your applied economics/econometrics classes, this is…

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Looking Back on Metascience 2019

[Excerpts taken from the article, “Metascience: The Science of Doing Science” by Jonathan Schooler, published in Observer magazine, a publication of the Association of Psychological Science. The article appeared in November 2019. TRN apologizes for the belated posting.] “In September,…

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Bad Science = Good Citations

[Excerpts are taken from two articles, “The Unfortunately Long Life of Some Retracted Biomedical Research Publications”, by James M. Hagberg, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology; and “Inflated citations and metrics of journals discontinued from Scopus for publication concerns:…

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Old Boys Network: 1; Open Science: 0.

[Excerpts taken from the article “The Stewart Retractions: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis”, by Justin Pickett, published in Econ Journal Watch] “This study analyzes the recent retraction of five articles from three sociology journals—Social Problems, Criminology, and Law & Society…

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No Respect for Replication Even on the Big Bang Theory

[Excerpts taken from the transcript to Series 2, Episode 15 of the Big Bang Theory – “The Maternal Capacitance”] LEONARD’S MOTHER: Leonard, it’s one o’clock, weren’t you going to show me your laboratory at one o’clock? LEONARD: There’s no hurry,…

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