Ensuring the Reproducibility of Scientific Findings: Where Does Psychology Stand?

Scientific Reproducibility and Social Responsibility
Sunday, February 19, 2017: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 302 (Hynes Convention Center)
In August 2015, Science published a summary of findings by the Open Science Collaboration (OSC) assessing the reproducibility of major findings from a sample of 100 articles from three major journals in psychology. OSC experimenters attempted to replicate the original findings and were successful less than half of the time, according to some of the criteria the OSC considered. A commentary in the March 2016 issue of Science criticized the criteria and aspects of the OSC methods. In the scientific community and elsewhere, discussion moved from the flaws of psychology research to the flaws of the OSC study. This session revisits the issues as they now stand. The current editor of one of the three journals evaluated in the OSC study will comment on the degree to which the OSC study influences current editorial practice and will describe other efforts underway to set publication standards for increased transparency and reproducibility.

Robert E. Fay, Westat
Brian Nosek, University of Virginia
Assessing and Improving Reproducibility in Science