Category: NEWS & EVENTS


The Economist Writes About Replications AGAIN!

Replications are hot.  Don’t believe me, just read The Economist.  This is the third story related to scientific reliability/replications this past month.  To read more, click here. 

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Biomedicine Now Has an Online Platform Completely Devoted to Replications

(FROM THE CHANNEL’S WEBSITE) “The Preclinical Reproducibility and Robustness channel is a platform for open and transparent publication of confirmatory and non-confirmatory studies in biomedical research. The channel is open to all scientists from both academia and industry and provides a…

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IN THE NEWS: The Economist (21 January 2016)

(FROM THE ARTICLE “Are Results in Top Journals To Be Trusted?”)  A paper recently published in the American Economic Journal, entitled “Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back”, “analyses 50,000 tests published between 2005 and 2011 in three top American journals. It finds that the…

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Should Journals Require Authors To Provide Data and Code? Arguments Against

In a blog for Retraction Watch, LIZ WAGNER argues that it is good when authors provide data and code.  But it’s not necessarily the most important thing.  Registering a research protocol would do more to prevent data mining and p-hacking….

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IN THE NEWS: The Economist (23 January 2016)

(FROM THE ARTICLE “All at sea: Ideological divisions in economics undermine its value to the public“): “Sifting out the guff requires transparency, argued John Cochrane of the University of Chicago in another recent blog post. Too many academics keep their data and…

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Changing the World, One Peer Review at a Time

A new initiative calls for journal reviewers to ask editors to request authors to provide data and supporting code/documentation before they agree to review the manuscript.  From The Peer Reviewers Openness Initiative: “We suggest that … reviewers make open practices a pre-condition…

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The Replication Network Explains Itself

In a blog posted at BITSS (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences), TRN co-founder Bob Reed explains the motivation behind TRN.  While there is an increasing (better, slowly increasing!) number of journal outlets for replication studies, the real…

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So Your Research Can’t Be Replicated? No Worries

In a recent article published in the online journal PLOS ONE, ADAM FETTERMAN and KAI SASSENBERG collected survey data in which research scientists were asked to evaluate a number of scenarios regarding replication.  They conclude that, “Our data suggests that…

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REBLOG: Evidence of Publication Bias and Misreported p-Values

FROM THE BLOG POLITICAL SCIENCE REPLICATION:  “A new article by researchers at the University of Amsterdam shows that publication bias towards statistically significant results may cause p-value misreporting. The team examined hundreds of published articles and found that authors had…

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Is Most Economics Research Never Cited?

In a recent blog post in the LA Times entitled “Are most academic papers really worthless? Don’t trust this worthless statistic”, MICHAEL HILTZIK counters the widely held belief that most research is never cited.  To read, click here.   So just…

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