Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Reblog from Retraction Watch: Replication May Cause More Harm than Good

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Replication is often viewed as the demarcation between science and nonscience. However, contrary to the commonly held view, we show that in the current (selective) publication system replications may increase bias in effect size estimates.” To read…

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The AJPS Replication Policy: A Model for Other Journals?

Before a paper can be published at the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), the journal checks that all the empirical results from the paper can be reproduced with the data and code that the author has provided.  The paper…

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A Reblog of a Reblog from Political Science Replication

FROM THE ORIGINAL BLOG: “A recent study sent data requests to 200 authors of economics articles where it was stated ‘data available upon request’. Most of the authors refused.”  Is this scientific misconduct?  If so, what should be done about it? To…

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LaCour Data Faking Scandal Hits the Big Time (file this under entertainment)

The LaCour data faking scandal has officially gone viral.  Googling “LaCour scandal” recently produced 230,000 hits.  While serious soul-searching needs to take place at academic journals — or more accurately, needs to continue to take place at academic journals, because…

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Young researchers discover importance of reproducible and transparent research

From the article “As a Fulbright PhD student in development economics from Brussels, my experience this past year on the Berkeley campus has been eye opening. In particular, I discovered a new movement toward improving the standards of openness and…

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Peer Review Conspiracy Leads to Large Scale Article Retractions in Medical Journals

FROM THE ARTICLE:  “A major publisher of scholarly medical and science articles has retracted 43 papers because of “fabricated” peer reviews amid signs of a broader fake peer review racket affecting many more publications. As The Washington Post reports, BioMed…

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Blogsite “Political Science Replication” summarizes the LaCour faked data scandal

The blogsite Political Science Replication summarizes the recent “scandal” in which a graduate student at UCLA (Michael LaCour) is accused of fabricating data for an article published in Science magazine, leading to its retraction.  The summary includes a description of…

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Podcast on replications in economics

Professor Larry White of George Mason University interviews Professor Bob Reed on the status of replications in economics. Click on “Read More” then click here to listen to the podcast.

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Retractions and faked data

FROM THE ARTICLE: “A political scientist on Tuesday said he was retracting a paper he’d co-authored — one with wide influence on how campaigns can change public opinion — when faced with evidence that the paper’s central finding was based…

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Public Finance Review publishes special issue on replication in public economics

The March 2015 issue of Public Finance Review is a special issue dedicated to replications in public economics.  Click on “Read More” then click here.

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