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Guest post: How to persuade journals to accept your replication paper

MIT students Mark Bell and Nicholas Miller recently got their replication paper “Questioning the Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict” accepted by the Journal of Conflict Resolution. They wrote the paper as an assignment for Gary King‘s class on Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology. They first published their analysis on a dataverse, and then rewrote the paper for the journal. In this guest post they show how they persuaded the journal and its reviewers to publish the replication.
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The fear of being scooped: share your work

Following up on my post on how to publish as a grad student, here’s a video on scooping anxiety. If you share your work, people will know it’s your idea. You will be cited, not scooped.
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7 good reasons why we should replicate existing work

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Why should we replicate published papers? Isn’t it a waste of time, given that journals and universities expect you to create original research? In the Cambridge Replication Workshop I discussed this with my students. Here are 7 good reasons why we should replicate existing work – beyond the ‘getting published’ argument.
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Is there a difference between replication, reproduction, and re-analysis?

In my replication workshop I’ve been discussing with grad students what replication actually is. Some students, from the field of Psychology, said that it involves re-doing data collection from scratch. In political science, I feel reproducing a paper is the same as replicating work: you take the data set, re-run the analysis, and potentially add to that. Here’s a selection of definitions.
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How to get a Masters degree for a replication

Screen Shot 2013-01-06 at 7.05.15 PMThe best sign of acknowledgement of research is, for a young researcher, a graduate degree. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology shows that it understands the value of replication by awarding an MA to researcher Beate Øien, who replicated a paper in quantitative human rights for her thesis.
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Replication Frustration in Political Science

replication_head_sm“I don’t have a ready-made dataset.” – “We don’t have the R code for our paper available.” – “I’m travelling. I will definitely send the replication data when I can clean it up a bit.” These are just some of the answers I received when asking authors for their replication data in political science. Only few sent me replication-ready data and almost no one sent me their code or .do file. This is a serious case of replication frustration!
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