Co-written with Noah van Dongen.
Our field is meta-research: the study of the research process itself. When we first got into this field, we both remember reading Munafo et al.’s “A manifesto for reproducible science” and Chambers’ “The seven deadly sins of psychology: a manifesto for reforming the culture of scientific practice” and feeling inspired. “Yes, goddamnit — these people get it!”
A few years later, while browsing Twitter, one of us saw the preprint, “A Manifesto for Team Science”. This time though, the feeling was different. “Really? Another manifesto?” …
This post is based on the following manuscript, currently under review: Tiokhin, L., Panchanathan, K., Lakens, D., Vazire, S., Morgan, T., & Zollman, K. (Preprint). Honest signaling in academic publishing.
Cross-posted with the Madtrics Blog at the Leiden University Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS).
“An article…is not the scholarship itself, it is merely advertising of the scholarship.” (Buckheit & Donoho, 1995)
If you asked me, “Leo — why did you pursue a career in science?”, I’m not sure that I could give you a good answer. Maybe it had something to do with the whole being “curious about the nature of reality” thing. Maybe it’s because I’m stubborn and argumentative, and I thought that academic science rewarded these traits. …
People make mistakes. A friend might promise that she’ll pick you up from the airport, but then accidentally sleep through her alarm. A jury might deliver a “guilty” verdict, even though the accused person is innocent. And a football referee might award a penalty kick for what looked like a serious foul in the box, even though the fouled player just made a convincing dive.
In a world where people make mistakes, it’s nice if there is some mechanism to correct them. …