Category: NEWS & EVENTS


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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Is It a Replication? A Reproduction? A Robustness Check? You’re Asking the Wrong Question

[Excerpts taken from the article, “What is replication?” by Brian Nosek and Tim Errington, published in PloS Biology] “Credibility of scientific claims is established with evidence for their replicability using new data. This is distinct from retesting a claim using…

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Raise Your Hand If You’ve Messed Up

[Excerpts taken from the article “When We’re Wrong, It’s Our Responsibility as Scientists to Say So” by  Ariella Kristal et al., published in Scientific American.] “What simple, costless interventions can we use to try to reduce tax fraud? As behavioral…

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Announcing a New Replication Column at Data Colada (Albeit a Little Late)

[From the blog “[81] Data Replicada” by Joe Simmons and Leif Nelson, posted in December at Data Colada] “With more than mild trepidation, we are introducing a new column called Data Replicada. In this column, we will report the results…

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Suppose Researchers Were Offered Money for Replications and Null Results. Suppose Few Took Up the Offer.

[Excerpts taken from the article “In praise of replication studies and null results”, an editorial published in Nature] “The Berlin Institute of Health last year launched an initiative with the words, ‘Publish your NULL results — Fight the negative publication…

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Center for Open Science Funding Research on the DARPA SCORE Dataset

[Excerpts taken from the RFP “Data Enhancement of the DARPA SCORE Claims Dataset” posted at the Center for Open Science website] “The DARPA SCORE Dataset contains claims from about 3,000 empirical papers published between 2009 and 2018 in approximately 60…

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Which Journals in Your Discipline Score Best on the TOP Criteria? There’s an App for That

[Excerpts taken from the article “New Measure Rates Quality of Research Journals’ Policies to Promote Transparency and Reproducibility”, published by the Center for Open Science at their website.] “Today, the Center for Open Science launches TOP Factor, an alternative to journal…

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