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And How Are Things Going In Political Science?

[From the working paper “Why Too Many Political Science Findings Cannot be Trusted and What We Can Do About It” by Alexander Wuttke, posted at SocArXiv Papers] “…this article reviewed the meta-scientific evidence with a focus on the quantitative political science…

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Big New Replication Study in Nature! Read All About It!

[From the abstract of the article “Evaluating the replicability of social science experiments in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015″, published in Nature Human Behaviour by Colin Camerer et al.] “Being able to replicate scientific findings is crucial for scientific progress. We replicate 21 systematically…

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IN THE NEWS: The Guardian (August 23, 2018)

[From the blog, “Open science is now the only way forward for psychology” by Chris Chambers and Pete Etchells, posted in the Science Blog Network at http://www.theguardian.com%5D “When we launched Head Quarters five years ago, psychology was in a pretty dark…

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BROWN, LAMBERT, & WOJAN: At the Intersection of Null Findings and Replication

Replication is an important topic in economic research or any social science for that matter. This issue is most important when an analysis is undertaken to inform decisions by policymakers. Drawing inferences from null or insignificant finding is particularly problematic…

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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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Not all Failed Repications are Failures

[From the article “There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies” by Koen Smets, published at the Behavioral Scientist] “In some cases, follow-up studies have unmasked outright frauds, like Diederik Stapel, who fabricated and manipulated data to show…

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Replication in Economics: Psychology Isn’t the Only Place Where Context Matters

[From the blog, “The replication puzzle: why do policies work there but not here?” by Tom Graham, posted at Apolitical] “In the US, the Nurse-Family Partnership is considered a proven program. It sends nurses to visit poor first-time mothers, and in…

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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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IN THE NEWS: Science (July 31, 2018)

[From the article, “Plan to replicate 50 high-impact cancer papers shrinks to just 18” by Jocelyn Kaiser, published in Science magazine] “An ambitious project that set out nearly 5 years ago to replicate experiments from 50 high-impact cancer biology papers, but gradually shrank…

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IN THE NEWS: Wall Street Journal (June 19, 2018)

[From the opinion article, “Undergrads Can Improve Psychology” by Russell Warne and  Jordan Wagge, published at http://www.wsj.com%5D “A lot of what we think we know about human psychology is bunk. That’s because experimental psychology has a “replication crisis”: Too many…

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