The field of
psychological science is in a pandemonium. With failures to replicate
well-established effects, evidence for a skewed picture of science in the
published literature, and a media hype a...
is the shorted version of an article I published on 28.04.2016 on my site, For
is these days largely about mandatory publishing
in Open Access (OA), regardless of...
When I entered graduate school, I was excited to actually start working on a project that I felt was not only meaningful but also aligned with my long-term career interests. However, as I've gotte...
TS Eliot predicted the
current corruption of science by pervasive dishonesty of motive and
communication when he described characteristic modern Men: They constantly try to escape/
From the darkne...
In this essay the requirements for a perfectly
replicable study are described as well as the active initiatives which promote
the open practices for data and materials availability
Reproducibility is the
cornerstone of scientific research. A lack of reproduced data causes knowledge
gaps, skepticism towards scientific research and an inability to subject
hypotheses to changing...
martial arts dogma states that one should not envy those who practice 10.000
punches once, but respect those that practice one punch 10.000 times. It is in
a way not different in science...
The ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science
appears to be a widespread problem that may have its roots in the ‘publish or
perish’ culture of the contemporary academy. Facilitated by a well-developed
is recovering from an existential crisis. Recent reports have highlighted major
problems with the reproducibility and reliability of a diverse range of
scientific fields, includi...
To err is human. Scientists being human, they make
mistakes. Many if not most of the rules for doing science are designed to weed
out mistakes. Reproducibility and replicability are recogniz...
If science were
perfect, there would be nothing left to explore or critique. So, irreproducible
science serves two functions: to scientists, it represents an opportunity to
improve or discover new ...
The Same Thing Over and Over
When scientists fail to reproduce the results of multiple
experiments the support previously provided for theories breaks down. This is a
modern phenomenon in sc...
Picture the following scenario; an undergraduate research course,
in which a group of students are tasked with setting up and running an
experiment based on a paper from the research literature. Th...
Despite science being a beacon of innovation,
invention and new ideas, the process of scientific publication has remained
relatively unchanged for the past 250 years (Spier, 2002). Since 1752, the...
‘There ain’t no rules around here!
We’re trying to accomplish something!’
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931), American
It is without any doubt that the scientific progress
of continued inno...
is commonly accepted that there is a crisis of reproducibility in science
. But how can this trend be reversed when bibliometrics such as the
h-index tend to encourage quantity and increment...
Part of the reason we do science badly is that
it's hard to do it well. Not "math is hard" hard, but filling an
intro section with references we haven't read and pretending to be open-minded
in a d...
Many scientific disciplines find themselves in the midst of
a “crisis of confidence,” where key empirical findings turn out to reproduce at
an alarmingly low rate [e.g., 1,2,3,4]. The causes for th...
The following is a short, possibly humorous essay providing
two concrete ideas to increase reproducibility in science research. The two
ideas are united under the notion of a “culture of reproduc...
is a fundamental problem of imprecise theories in many scientific disciplines. Trying to follow the
gravitational wave detection recently reported by the
LIGO consortium, it appears that in p...
We’ve come a long way
when it comes to sharing and reviewing newly published research in the past few
years. The advent of services such as Altmetric (Altmetric.com, 2016a) has opened
up a new wind...