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Should Null Results Require Greater Justification?

In a recent editorial in Management Review Quarterly, the journal invited replications, and put forth the following “Seven Principles of Effective Replication Studies”:  #1. “Understand that replication is not reproduction” #2. “Aim to replicate published studies that are relevant”  #3….

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Replication in Economics: How Much? And What Matters?

[From the abstract of the forthcoming paper, “Replication studies in economics—How many and which papers are chosen for replication, and why?” by Frank Mueller-Langer, Benedikt Fecher, Dietmar Harhoff, and Gert G. Wagner, forthcoming in the journal, Research Policy] “We investigate how often replication…

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Top Political Science Journal Introduces Results-Free Peer Review

The Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) just announced that is opening up a new kind of manuscript submission based on preregistered reports. Here is how they describe it: “A preregistered report is like any other research paper in many…

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At the Journal Nature, Peer Reviewers Have the Right To…

[From an editorial published in Nature entitled, “Referees should exercise their rights”] “At Nature, we recognize that our peer reviewers have certain ‘rights’. One of the most well known is the right to anonymity. Less widely known is that referees have the…

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Political Science Journal Puts on Double Feature

[From the website of the journal Japanese Journal of Political Science, published by Cambridge University Press] The website of the Japanese Journal of Political Science recently announced that it was allowing authors to select “results-blind” reviewing as an alternative to…

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Pros and Cons of Open Science

[From the blog “How Freely Should Scientists Share Their Data?” by Daniel Barron, published at blogs.scientificamerican.com] “At the beginning of graduate school, I decided I wanted to study how epileptic seizures damage the brain. I was in something of a…

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IN THE NEWS: NY Times (August 6, 2018)

[From a letter to the editor by Arthur C. Evans Jr., chief executive of the American Psychological Association] “We are proud that psychologists are at the forefront of those calling for reassessment of earlier research. The American Psychological Association has embraced…

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Are Badges the New Normal?

[From the blog “Psychology’s New Normal” by Stephen Lindsay, posted at the Center for Open Science’s website] “As one means of encouraging these transparent science practices, the Center for Open Science developed the idea of awarding badges to articles that met…

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Making Replications Mainstream: It Takes a Research Community

Just in case you missed it, the latest issue of Behavioral and Brain Sciences includes an article by Rolf Zwaan, Alexander Etz, Richard Lucas, and Brent Donnellan entitled “Making Replications Mainstream”. It is something of a tour-de-force by four prominent…

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REED: How “Open Science” Can Discourage Good Science, And What Journals Can Do About It

In a recent tweet (or series of tweets) Kaitlyn Werner shares her experience of having a paper rejected after she posted all her data and code and submitted her paper to a journal. The journal rejected the paper because a…

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