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IN THE NEWS: FiveThirtyEight (December 6, 2018)

[From the article “Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better” by Christie Aschwanden, published at FiveThirtyEight] “The replication crisis arose from a series of events that began around 2011, the year that social scientists Uri Simonsohn, Leif Nelson and…

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Registered Reports Are Not Optimal?

[From the working paper, “Which findings should be published?” by Alexander Frankel and Maximilian Kasy] “There have been calls for reforms in the direction of non-selective publication. One proposal is to promote statistical practices that de-emphasize statistical significance … Another…

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Intro to Open Science in 8 Easy Steps

[From the working paper, “8 Easy Steps to Open Science: An Annotated Reading List” by Sophia Crüwell et al., posted at PsyArXiv Preprints] “In this paper, we provide a comprehensive and concise introduction to open science practices and resources that can help…

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Pre-registration. From clinical trials. To psychology. Next, the world?

[From the article “More and more scientists are preregistering their studies. Should you?” by Kai Kupferschmidt, published in Science] “…Preregistration, in its simplest form, is a one-page document answering basic questions such as: What question will be studied? What is the hypothesis?…

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BITSS: Journal of Development Economics Pilots Pre-Results Review

The Journal of Development Economics (JDE) is piloting a new approach in which authors have the opportunity to submit empirical research designs for review and approval before the results of the study are known. While the JDE is the first…

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Journal of Development Economics to Trial Pre-Results Review

[From the blog “Registered Reports: Piloting a Pre-Results Review Process at the Journal of Development Economics” by Andy Foster, Dean Karlan, and Ted Miguel posted at Development Impact] “…the Journal of Development Economics (JDE) now offers authors the opportunity to have their…

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IN THE NEWS: Wired (December 29, 2017)

[From the article “The Replication Crisis in Science” by Shravan Vasishth at wired.com] “There have been two distinct responses to the replication crisis – by instituting measures like registered reports and by making data openly available. But another group continues to remain in…

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POV: Registered Reports Versus Results-Free Peer Reviews

The main difference between “registered reports” and “results-free peer reviews” is timing of data analysis.  With registered reports, plans are registered and reviewed before data are collected and analyzed.  With results-free peer reviews, everything is completed, but the reviewers are…

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How to Fix the “Reproducibility Crisis”? Three Solutions

[From the article “The science ‘reproducibility crisis’ — and what can be done about it” from the website theconversation.com.] “Reproducibility is the idea that an experiment can be repeated by another scientist and they will get the same result. It is…

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The Journal Nature Human Behaviour Announces Registered Reports Policy

[From the home page of the journal Nature Human Behaviour] “Authors who wish to publish their work with us have the option of a registered report. With this format, acceptance in principle happens before the research outcomes are known. As a…

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