Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Journal of Development Economics to Trial Pre-Results Review

[From the blog “Registered Reports: Piloting a Pre-Results Review Process at the Journal of Development Economics” by Andy Foster, Dean Karlan, and Ted Miguel posted at Development Impact] “…the Journal of Development Economics (JDE) now offers authors the opportunity to have their…

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IN THE NEWS: Buzzfeed (February 26, 2018)

[From the article, “Sliced and Diced: The Inside Story of How an Ivy League Food Scientist Turned Shoddy Data into Viral Studies” by Stephanie M. Lee in Buzzfeed] “Brian Wansink won fame, funding, and influence for his science-backed advice on…

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IN THE NEWS: Nature (February 21, 2018)

[From the article, “How to make replication the norm” published by Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani and Mauricio Romero in Nature] “To see how often the posted data and code could readily replicate original results, we attempted to recreate the tables…

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IN THE NEWS: The Atlantic (February 1, 2018)

[From the article, “In Science, There Should Be a Prize for Second Place” published by Ed Yong in The Atlantic] “This Monday, the editors of PLOS Biology—the flagship journal of Public Library of Science, a nonprofit publisher—published an editorial saying…

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IN THE NEWS: Nature (January 23, 2018)

[From the article “Robust research needs many lines of evidence” by Marcus Munafò and George Davey Smith, published in Nature]  “…replication alone will get us only so far. In some cases, routine replication might actually make matters worse. Consistent findings could take…

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Replication Meets a Study About Attitudes Towards Gays: How Could There Not Be Controversy?

[From the article “Study that said hate cuts 12 years off gay lives fails to replicate”, posted at Retraction Watch] “A highly cited paper has received a major correction as a result of the ongoing battle over attitudes towards gay…

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American Economic Association Announces Data Editor

[From an email sent on January 29, 2018 by Peter Rousseau, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Economic Association, to AEA Members ] “The AEA has completed its search for the position of Data Editor, and is pleased to announce that Lars…

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Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Calls for Replications To Be a “Normal Part of Science”

[From the article “Make replication studies a normal part of science,” posted at the website of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences] “The systematic replication of other researchers’ work should be a normal part of science. That is the…

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DON’T: Aim for significance. DO: Aim for precision

[From the recent working paper, “The statistical significance filter leads to overoptimistic expectations of replicability” by Vasishth, Mertzen, Jäger, and Gelman posted at PsyArXiv Preprints] “…when power is low, using significance to decide whether to publish a result leads to a proliferation of exaggerated…

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Should Science Do More Replications? It Depends

[From the recent working paper, “The Costs and Benefits of Replication Studies” by Coles, Tiokhin, Scheel, Isager, and Lakens, posted at psyarxiv.com/c8akj] “The debate about whether replication studies should become mainstream is essentially driven by disagreements about their costs and benefits,…

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