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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2009 Sep;35(9):1131-42. doi: 10.1177/0146167208331253. Epub 2009 May 19.

Reporting and interpreting research in PSPB: practices, principles, and pragmatics.

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  • 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. kashyd@msu.edu


This article is designed to provide psychologists who publish articles in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB) with a set of basic issues to consider when reporting their analyses and results. We first assessed the current reporting practices of social and personality psychologists by conducting an analysis of PSPB articles published in the first half of 2007. We evaluated the completeness of these reports with respect to the level of detail in both the Method and Results sections. We then used this information to develop recommendations that we hope will enhance the reporting of quantitative research in social and personality psychology. These suggestions emphasize ways to increase transparency in research reports. Transparency facilitates replication and a critical evaluation of research, thereby promoting scientific progress.

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