Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Solving the Replication Crisis: Audits Would Help

[From the article “Randomly auditing research labs could be an affordable way to improve research quality: A simulation study” by Adrian Barnett, Pauline Zardo, and Nicholas Graves, published at PLoS One] “The “publish or perish” incentive drives many researchers to increase the…

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Anyone Interested in Participating in an Economics Replication Experiment?

[From the “2018 Economics Replication Project” posted by Nick Huntington-Klein and Andy Gill of California State University, Fullerton] “In this project, we are asking recruited researchers to perform a “blind” replication of one of two studies. Without telling researchers the…

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Nature Journal Says It Supports Replications. But Then There’s Revealed Preference.

[From the article, “One team’s struggle to publish a replication attempt, part 3” by Mante Nieuwland, published at Retraction Watch] “The purpose of this post was to provide a transparent, behind-the-scenes account of our replication study and what happened when…

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Another Article Takes the Sheen off RCTs

[From the article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”, by Alexander Krauss, recently published in Annals of Medicine] “Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are commonly viewed as the best research method to inform public health and social policy. Usually they…

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To Improve Reproducibility, You Should Talk to Your…Librarian?

[From a guest blog entitled “What To Do About The Reproducibility Crisis” by Letisha Wyatt, posted at jove.com] “Late in my biomedical science graduate training, I learned that researchers often overlook the fundamental processes of adequately preparing data and all…

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What is a “Successful Replication?”

[From a twitter post by Gilad Feldman, @mgto_org ] “What is a successful replication? My students are I wanted to have a clear guide with examples, couldn’t find a clear straightforward article. Here’s a suggested table. Please help, what’s wrong/inaccurate or missing?…

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IN THE NEWS: Wall Street Journal (April 16, 2018)

[From the opinion article, “How Bad is the Government’s Science?” by Peter Wood and David Randall, published at http://www.wsj.com%5D “A deeper issue is that the irreproducibility crisis has remained largely invisible to the general public and policy makers. That’s a…

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Researchers Really Want to Share Their Data. Really?

[From the White paper, “Practical Challenges for Researchers in Data Sharing”, posted at springernature.com] “In one of the largest surveys of researchers about research data (with over 7,700 respondents), Springer Nature finds widespread data sharing associated with published works and…

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Might This Also Apply to Untenured Faculty?

[From the article “A survey on data reproducibility and the effect of publication process on the ethical reporting of laboratory research,” forthcoming in the journal Clinical Cancer Research] “We developed an anonymous online survey intended for trainees involved in bench…

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Just How Big Is the “Reproducibility Crisis”? Good Question

[From the preprint article “Researcher conduct determines data reliability” by Mark Wass, Larry Ray, and Martin Michaelis] “Our findings demonstrate the need for systematic meta-research on the issue of data reproducibility. A reproducibility crisis is widely recognised among researchers from many different fields….

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