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Political science should not stop young researchers from replicating

In a blog post by Jesse Singal at the New York Magazine, one of the students who tried to replicate LaCour‘s findings on gay marriage said that young researchers are often actively discouraged from replicating work.
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Journal editor: It is up to the author to release their data

I received this email from a journal editor in political science after I asked about their replication policy. My original email is below.
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Currently swamped – but I’m sending my data soon

Nicole,

I would be more than happy to share my data with you, but I am currently swamped and have not had time to clean up the dataset that you requested. Normally, this wouldn’t take much but was originally part of a larger dataset that I had created, and that dataset includes data from other authors which did not give me permission to share (Don’t worry – this data is nothing used in the article). It will likely be a few weeks before I can get to this. Will this be too late?

Out of curiously, what type of project are you working on that you would need the dataset? (…)

Best,
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I sent two follow-up emails. The author never replied again.

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Leading journal verifies articles before publication – so far, all replications failed

The American Journal of Political Science recently announced that every article will be externally verified before it is published. Authors have to provide all data, code and materials which will be verified by an external statistician. I talked to the editor William G. Jacoby about the goals of the new policy, and why no author has provided ‘perfect’ files yet.
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Guest Post: Six Crucial Steps to Strengthen a Replication, by Mallory Kidwell

Scientific research advances knowledge by making transparent the methodology and evidence supporting scientific claims. This way, others can evaluate the basis of evidence and repeat the research in order to confirm the conclusions. However, the current incentive structures emphasizing publication can cause a disconnect between the valued ideals and daily practices of individual researchers.
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Replication & Reproducibility 2014: The best stories

replication_head_smIn 2014, the debate on replication and reproducibility in the social sciences moved towards pre-registration, new guidelines for replication studies, but also increasing criticism of replicators.
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Most read pieces on reproducibility in 2014

Replication 2014
To recap the reproducibility discussions on this blog in the last 12 months I checked what readers clicked on most. Here are the three top pieces on the Political Science Replication blog in 2014.
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