Category: NEWS & EVENTS


OkCupid: Where Love and Data Transparency Don’t Match

Welcome to the tale of Emil Kirkegaard, a Danish postgraduate student, who has achieved worldwide notoriety for publishing data from the dating site, OkCupid.  The story is well-told in a Vox article by Brian Resnick (click here).  In addition to a…

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Workshop: The Quest for Reproducible Science

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, is hosting a one-day workshop on issues of reproducibility.  The workshop will feature “scholars, librarians, and technologists” discussing “tools and techniques to manage data, enable research transparency, and…

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Journal Finds that Digital Badges Increase Data Sharing

[From the Retraction Watch website] “In January 2014, Psychological Science began rewarding digital badges to authors who committed to open science practices such as sharing data and materials. A study published today in PLOS Biology looks at whether publicizing such behavior helps encourage others to…

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John Oliver and Last Week Tonight on Replications and Scientific Reliability

How does one know when replication has hit the big time?  When JOHN OLIVER and LAST WEEK TONIGHT do an entire episode on it.  For readers of TRN, much of what he talks about will be familiar.  Just a lot funnier.  Check…

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A Replication Crisis in Cancer Research?

[From the article “Cancer Research is Broken” in Slate]  “The deeper problem is that much of cancer research in the lab—maybe even most of it—simply can’t be trusted. The data are corrupt. The findings are unstable. The science doesn’t work.  In…

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Publication Bias in Action: The Case of Oxytocin and Trust

[From the article, “How scientists fell in and out of love with the hormone oxytocin” in Vox:Science & Health]  This article recounts how initial laboratory research showing the hormone oxytocin induced trust between people eventually was demonstrated to be mostly Type I error….

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IN THE NEWS: Slate (April 15, 2016)

(FROM THE ARTICLE “The Reproducibility Crisis Is Good for Science”) The author, an editor at Nature, reports on ways the reproducibility crisis is promoting change in science. An excerpt: “For what it’s worth, articles about confirmation bias and the misuse of p-values…

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Another Approach to Reproducibility: “Invited Reproducibility Papers”

[From the article, “New article type verifies experimental reproducibility” at Elsevier Connect] ” Information Systems, a data science journal published by Elsevier, has devised a solution to the question of reproducibility by establishing a new article type: the Invited Reproducibility Paper. Authors of…

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Can You Teach Research Integrity? Sure, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Learn

[From the article in Retraction Watch] “Can we teach good behavior in the lab? That’s the premise behind a number of interventions aimed at improving research integrity, invested in by universities across the world and even private companies. Trouble is, a new…

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The National Academy of Sciences Weighs in On Reproducibility

In late February, the National Academy of Sciences published a report summarizing a workshop held the previous year.  The report can be freely downloaded here.  The workshop convened researchers across a wide variety of disciplines and addressed numerous facets regarding…

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