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Progress in Publishing Negative Results?

[From the working paper, “Publication Bias and Editorial Statement on Negative Findings” by Cristina Blanco-Perez and Abel Brodeur] “In February 2015, the editors of eight health economics journals sent out an editorial statement which aims to reduce the incentives to…

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HARKing is Bad, But Which Kind of HARKing is Worse?

[From the article “HARKing: How Badly Can Cherry-Picking and Question Trolling Produce Bias in Published Results?” by Kevin Murphy and Herman Aguinis, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology.]  “The practice of hypothesizing after results are known (HARKing) has…

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REED: Why Lowering Alpha to 0.005 is Unlikely to Help

[This blog is based on the paper, “A Primer on the ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ and Ways to Fix It” by the author] A standard research scenario is the following: A researcher is interested in knowing whether there is a relationship between…

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Another Elsevier Journal Goes “Blind”

[From the article “Results masked review: peer review without publication bias” by Jennifer Franklin at Elsevier.com.] “We know that research data isn’t neat and tidy. It’s messy, complex and often throws something unexpected at us. At the Journal of Vocational…

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Results-Free Peer Review: The Video

Previous posts at TRN have highlighted “results-free peer review” (RFPR) efforts at a variety of journals: see here, here, and here. The journal BMC Psychology recently put together a short (approximately 2 minutes) video discussing their new policy of “results-free…

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WEICHENRIEDER: FinanzArchiv/Public Finance Analysis Wants Your Insignificant Results!

There is considerable concern among scholars that empirical papers face a drastically smaller chance of being published if the results looking to confirm an established theory turn out to be statistically insignificant. Such a publication bias can provide a wrong…

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2 Humps = P-Hacking + Publication Bias?

In a recent blogpost at Simply Statistics, Jeff Leek announced a new R package called tidypvals: “The tidypvals package is an effort to find previous collections of published p-values, synthesize them, and tidy them into one analyzable data set.” In a preview…

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Elsevier and the 5 Diseases of Academic Research

[From the article “5 diseases ailing research — and how to cure them” at Elsevier Connect, the daily news site for Elsevier Publishing.] This article summarizes the “diseases” ailing scientific research as identified in the article “On doing better science: From thrill…

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IN THE NEWS: CBC News (November 24, 2016)

[From the article “We’ve Been Deceived: Many Clinical Trial Results Are Never Published”] It is now common practice for clinical trials to register their protocols prior to enrolling participants.  These efforts are important if the research community is to have…

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The Rise of Negative Results

This article from Chemical & Engineering News discusses publication bias and ways to fix it that will sound familiar to readers of TRN.  Of particular interest is the need to make space in the literature for negative results:  “The open access movement has…

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