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The influence of journal submission guidelines on authors' reporting of statistics and use of open research practices

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posted on 2023-04-19, 04:11 authored by David Giofrè, Geoffrey CummingGeoffrey Cumming, Luca Fresc, Ingrid Boedker, Patrizio Tressoldi

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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Publication Date

2017-04-17

Journal

PLoS One

Volume

12

Issue

4

Article Number

e0175583

Pagination

15p. (p. 1-15)

Publisher

Public Library of Science

ISSN

1932-6203

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© 2017 Giofrè et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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