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IN THE NEWS: Slate (June 20, 2019)

[From the article “We Tried to Publish a Replication of a Science Paper in Science. The Journal Refused.” by Kevin Arceneaux, Bert Bakker, Claire Gothreau, and Gijs Schumacher, published in Slate]  “Our story starts in 2008, when a group of researchers…

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Don’t Like the Author’s Conclusion? Read the Other One.

[From the article “Reproducibility trial publishes two conclusions for one paper” by David Adam, published in Nature] “How deeply an anaesthetist should sedate an elderly person when they have surgery is a controversial issue, because some studies link stronger doses…

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Another Economics Journal Pilots Pre-Results Review

[From the article “Pre-results review reaches the (economic) lab: Experimental Economics follows the Journal of Development Economics in piloting pre-results review”, an interview with Irenaeus Wolff, published at http://www.bitss.org. The following are excerpts from that interview.] “In its April 2019…

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REED: How You, as a Reviewer, Can Encourage Journals to Become More Transparent

I am a member of the Peer Reviewers Openness (PRO) Initiative. The Pro Initiative is based on the idea that reviewers have the power to get journals to become more transparent. In particular, they encourage reviewers to request data and…

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Pre-Registration: The Doctor is Still Out

[From the article “A solution to psychology’s reproducibility problem just failed its first test” by David Adam, published at http://www.sciencemag.org] “Efforts to improve the robustness of research by asking psychologists to state their methods and goals ahead of time, a process…

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IN THE NEWS: Vox (May 17, 2019)

[From the article “This economics journal only publishes results that are no big deal: Here’s how that might save science” by Kelsey Piper, published in Vox] “Most new publications, upon their launch, seek to promote their content as novel, surprising,…

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REED: P-Values: Come, Let Us Reason Together

Like many others, I was aware that there was controversy over null-hypothesis statistical testing. Nevertheless, I was shocked to learn that leading figures in the American Statistical Association (ASA) recently called for abolishing the term “statistical significance”. In an editorial…

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GRUNOW: Update on IREE – the First and Only Journal Dedicated to Replications in Economics

IREE (the International Journal for Re-Views in Empirical Economics) was launched in September 2017, supported by our prestigious board of academic advisors: Sir Angus Deaton, Richard Easterlin, and Jeffrey Wooldridge. It is the first, and, to date, only journal solely…

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A Random Sampling of the State of Transparency and Reproducibility in Social Science Journals

[From the preprint “An empirical assessment of transparency and reproducibility-related research practices in the social sciences (2014-2017)” by Tom Hardwicke, Joshua Wallach, Mallory Kidwell, & John Ioannidis posted at MetaArXiv Preprints] “In this study, we evaluated a broad range of…

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Another Journal Adopts the “Pottery Barn Rule”

[From the editorial “SA Editorial About Next Phase of More Open Science” by Michael Seto, published in the journal Sexual Abuse] “It is now widely recognized that there are publication biases toward novel and exciting findings, which has contributed to a replication…

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