Category: NEWS & EVENTS


On p-Hacking, Retractions, and the Difficult Enterprise of Science

This article in FiveThirtyEighty.com is a great read for lots of reasons.  The leitmotiv is that while science has its share of fraudsters and academic scammers, the underlying problem is that the scientific enterprise is inherently very, very difficult.  To…

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Headline News: Two Economists Make Their Data Available

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Every year hundreds of millions of children in the developing world are given deworming tablets, whether they have worms or not….This “deworm everybody” approach has been driven by a single, hugely influential trial published in 2004 by…

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It’s So Easy to Do: Small Coding Error Leads to Retraction

This article from the Washington Post is noteworthy only because it highlights how a small coding error can cause a major change in a study’s results.  The original study claimed that men were more likely than women to divorce a…

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What’s In a Name? Economist Argues for A Better Definition of Replication

In his post at The Impact Blog, economist Michael Clemens argues that vagueness about what constitutes a replication is harming the reputations of reputable researchers, and hurting the progress of replications.  Clemens proposes a classification system to eliminate confusion between…

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Retraction Watch Publishes a “Leaderboard” of Top Retractors

The website Retraction Watch is approaching it’s 5th birthday.  Among other things, it publishes a “leaderboard” where they keep track of researchers with the most retractions. The leaderboard lists a Top 30 list of researchers, with links to the individual cases….

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A Call for a Journal of Insignificant Results?

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Negative results are an important building block in the development of scientific thought, primarily because most likely the vast majority of data is negative, i.e., there is not a favorable outcome. Only very limited data is positive,…

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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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