April 27, 2017

New Journal Article: “The Influence of Journal Submission Guidelines on Authors’ Reporting of Statistics and Use of Open Research Practices”

The following article was recently published by PLoS ONE.

Title

The Influence of Journal Submission Guidelines on Authors’ Reporting of Statistics and Use of Open Research Practices

Authors

David Giofrè
Liverpool John Moores University (UK)

Geoff Cumming
La Trobe University (Australia)

Luca Fresc
University of Padova (Italy)

Ingrid Boedker
University of Liverpool (UK)

Patrizio Tressoldi
University of Padova (Italy)

Source

PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175583
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175583

Abstract

From January 2014, Psychological Science introduced new submission guidelines that encouraged the use of effect sizes, estimation, and meta-analysis (the “new statistics”), required extra detail of methods, and offered badges for use of open science practices. We investigated the use of these practices in empirical articles published by Psychological Science and, for comparison, by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, during the period of January 2013 to December 2015. The use of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) was extremely high at all times and in both journals. In Psychological Science, the use of confidence intervals increased markedly overall, from 28% of articles in 2013 to 70% in 2015, as did the availability of open data (3 to 39%) and open materials (7 to 31%). The other journal showed smaller or much smaller changes. Our findings suggest that journal-specific submission guidelines may encourage desirable changes in authors’ practices.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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