Category: NEWS & EVENTS


When Once Is Not Enough

[From the blog “Be careful what you wish for: cautionary tales on using single studies to inform policymaking” by Emmanuel Jimenez, posted at http://www.3ieimpact.org.%5D “For a development evaluator, the holy grail is to have evidence from one’s study be taken…

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How Could This Happen?

[From the article “A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers” by Ed Yong, published in The Atlantic] “In 1996, a group of European researchers found that a certain gene, called SLC6A4, might influence a person’s risk of depression. It was a blockbuster discovery at…

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IN THE NEWS: Vox (May 17, 2019)

[From the article “This economics journal only publishes results that are no big deal: Here’s how that might save science” by Kelsey Piper, published in Vox] “Most new publications, upon their launch, seek to promote their content as novel, surprising,…

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BITSS to Offer Short Course on Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training in Washington DC, September 11-13, 2019

[From an announcement on the BITSS website] “Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research.”  “RT2 is designed for researchers in the social and health sciences,…

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A Random Sampling of the State of Transparency and Reproducibility in Social Science Journals

[From the preprint “An empirical assessment of transparency and reproducibility-related research practices in the social sciences (2014-2017)” by Tom Hardwicke, Joshua Wallach, Mallory Kidwell, & John Ioannidis posted at MetaArXiv Preprints] “In this study, we evaluated a broad range of…

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Control Variables Don’t Have to Have the Right Signs

[From the blog “Don’t Put Too Much Meaning Into Control Variables” by Paul Hünermund, posted at his website, p-hunermund.com] “It’s commonplace in regression analyses to not only interpret the effect of the regressor of interest, D, on an outcome variable, Y, but also…

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Another Journal Adopts the “Pottery Barn Rule”

[From the editorial “SA Editorial About Next Phase of More Open Science” by Michael Seto, published in the journal Sexual Abuse] “It is now widely recognized that there are publication biases toward novel and exciting findings, which has contributed to a replication…

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Wondering How to Write a Pre-Analysis Plan? Simulate it.

[From the blog “Better pre-analysis plans through design declaration and diagnosis” by Graeme Blair, Jasper Cooper, Alexander Coppock, and Macartan Humphreys, posted at BITSS] “Pre-analysis plans (PAPs) are used by researchers to register a set of analyses before they learn…

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In Two Decades, Will We Look Back And Wonder At All the Flawed Research?

[From the article, “Rein in the four horsemen of irreproducibility”, by Dorothy Bishop, published in Nature] “More than four decades into my scientific career, I find myself an outlier among academics of similar age and seniority: I strongly identify with…

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Do You Use Clustered Standard Errors? You Should Read This

[From the working paper, “How Cluster-Robust Inference Is Changing Applied Econometrics” by James MacKinnon, posted as a Queen’s University Working Paper] “Whenever the observations can plausibly be grouped into a set of clusters, it has become customary, indeed often mandatory,…

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