Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Is the R-Factor the Answer?

In a recent working paper (“Science with no fiction: measuring the veracity of  scientific reports by citation analysis”), Peter Grabitz, Yuri Lazebnik,  Josh Nicholson, and Sean Rife suggest that one solution to the “crisis” in scientific credibility is publication of an article’s…

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POV: Registered Reports Versus Results-Free Peer Reviews

The main difference between “registered reports” and “results-free peer reviews” is timing of data analysis.  With registered reports, plans are registered and reviewed before data are collected and analyzed.  With results-free peer reviews, everything is completed, but the reviewers are…

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Do Guidelines on Statistical Practice Make a Difference?

[The post below comes from a review by Richard Morey of the article “Meeting the challenge of the Psychonomic Society’s 2012 Guidelines on Statistical Issues: Some success and some room for improvement“, published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review by Peter…

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Journal Announces Call for “Insignificant Results in Public Finance”

The journal FinanzArchiv / Public Finance Analysis put out the following call for a special issue: “There is considerable concern among scholars that empirical papers are facing a drastically smaller chance of being published if the results looking to confirm an…

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Novelty Versus Prediction

[From the article, “Point of View: How should novelty be valued in science?” by Barak A. Cohen, published in the journal eLife] “Scientists are under increasing pressure to do “novel” research. Here I explore whether there are risks to overemphasizing…

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IN THE NEWS: Vox (July 31, 2017)

[From the article “What a nerdy debate about p-values shows about science — and how to fix it” by Brian Resnick at Vox.com]  “There’s a huge debate going on in social science right now. The question is simple, and strikes…

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2 Humps = P-Hacking + Publication Bias?

In a recent blogpost at Simply Statistics, Jeff Leek announced a new R package called tidypvals: “The tidypvals package is an effort to find previous collections of published p-values, synthesize them, and tidy them into one analyzable data set.” In a preview…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Change Alpha

In a recent working paper, posted on PsyArXiv Preprints, Daniel Benjamin, James Berger, Magnus Johanneson, Brian Nosek, Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, and 67 other authors(!) argue for a stricter standard of statistical significance for studies claiming new discoveries.  In their words: “…we…

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AEA Journals Looking for a Data Editor

[From the website of the American Economic Association.] “The American Economic Association seeks nominations for a new Data Editor to design and oversee its journals’ strategy for curating research data and promoting reproducible research.” … “The duties of the Data…

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Calling All PhD Students: Do a Replication. Get Paid.

J-PAL has been awarded a three-year grant to promote Research Transparency and Reproducibility. One primary component of this grant is to facilitate the reproducibility of 36 studies through pre-publication reanalyses, a new attempt to conduct code replications of research before…

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