Shaping Journal Editorial Policy To Increase Reproducibility and Transparency
I believe that promoting preregistration is one of the most powerful ways to increase replicability. Whereas nearly half of our articles have posted data and/or materials on repositories, the percentage of articles reporting preregistered research is still in the single digits. Of course, preregistration by definition has to be completed before data are analyzed, so it is inevitable that uptake of this practice will be more gradual than uptake of posting data or stimuli (which authors can decide to do at the last minutes when submitting a manuscript or any time up until it is published). I am working to promote preregistration in several ways, including a recent article coauthored with Dan Simons and Scott Lilienfeld, in the APS Observer, http://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/research-preregistration-101#.WEB4sOYrLRY More concretely, I encourage my action editors, when they invite revisions with new data, to stipulate that the follow-up study be preregistered. Those efforts are already bearing fruit.