Guest post by L.J Zigerell: Current practice in the social sciences places trust in researchers regarding their data collection, analysis, and reporting of results. That trust is sometimes unwarranted. Instead, we should increase trust in social science by encouraging tools of reproducibility: replication studies, pre-registration, third-party data collection, and open data.
Transparency and data access – these public goods are crucial principals for science. But why don’t researchers implement them? Political scientist Joseph K. Young discusses incentives for reproducibility, and how he is tracking down old replication data for the leading international studies journal ISQ.
After fields like Psychology have explored pre-registration of studies, now Political Science follows the trend for more transparency in research. A high ranking journal, Comparative Political Studies, plans a special issue in which all papers have to be pre-registered and are submitted without the results section. I asked Michael Findley, one of the editors behind the initative, about publication bias and transparency in the field. Continue reading