Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Is Fixing the Replication Crisis As Simple as Lowering the p-Value?

[From the article “A statistical fix for the replication crisis in science” by Valen E. Johnson at https://theconversation.com/au.] “In a trial of a new drug to cure cancer, 44 percent of 50 patients achieved remission after treatment. Without the drug, only…

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Replicating Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

 [From the blog post “Is Piketty’s Data Reliable?” by Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution] “When Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century first appeared many economists demurred on the theory but heaped praise on the empirical work. “Even if none of Piketty’s theories stands…

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IN THE NEWS: NY Times Magazine (October 18, 2017)

[From the article “When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy” by Susan Dominus at nytimes.com]  “As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly,…

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Your Favorite Journal Does Not Publish “Only the Highest Quality Scientific Research”

In a recent opinion piece for Slate, the ubiquitous Andrew Gelman took the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to task for claiming that it “only publishes the highest quality scientific research.” As a result, PNAS no longer…

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2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Award Winners Announced

Each year, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) awards prizes to researchers who have made substantial contributions to improving transparency in research practices. The prizes are names after Ed Leamer (economics) and Robert Rosenthal (psychology) through…

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So…Do They Publish Replication Studies in Neuroscience?

[From the article “Do Neuroscience Journals Accept Replications? A Survey of the Literature,” published by Andy Yeung in the September issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience] “Recent reports in neuroscience, especially those concerning brain-injury and neuroimaging, have revealed low reproducibility…

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Abandon Statistical Significance?

[From the abstract of a recent working paper by Blakeley McShane, David Gal, Andrew Gelman, Christian Robert, and Jennifer Tackett.] “In science publishing and many areas of research, the status quo is a lexicographic decision rule in which any result is first  required to have…

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Not One, Not Two, Not Three, But Eight Replications?

In a recent blog at Open Philanthropy Project summarizing some of his research on the effect of incarceration on crime, David Roodman conducted, count them, 8 replications. Here is what he said: “Among three dozen studies I reviewed, I obtained or reconstructed…

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RCTs To Fix Science?

[From a letter published in the September 22 issue of Science entitled “Addressing scientific integrity scientifically”] “To introduce greater rigor into the study of research integrity and the factors that foster or discourage responsible behavior, the participants at the Fifth…

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Results-Free Peer Review: The Video

Previous posts at TRN have highlighted “results-free peer review” (RFPR) efforts at a variety of journals: see here, here, and here. The journal BMC Psychology recently put together a short (approximately 2 minutes) video discussing their new policy of “results-free…

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