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Behav Neurosci. 2017 Aug;131(4):275-276. doi: 10.1037/bne0000207.

Promoting transparency and reproducibility in Behavioral Neuroscience: Publishing replications, registered reports, and null results.

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1
Department of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
2
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University.

Abstract

The editors of Behavioral Neuroscience have been discussing several recent developments in the landscape of scientific publishing. The discussion was prompted, in part, by reported issues of reproducibility and concerns about the integrity of the scientific literature. Although enhanced rigor and transparency in science are certainly important, a related issue is that increased competition and focus on novel findings has impeded the extent to which the scientific process is cumulative. We have decided to join the growing number of journals that are adopting new reviewing and publishing practices to address these problems. In addition to our standard research articles, we are pleased to announce 3 new categories of articles: replications, registered reports, and null results. In joining other journals in psychology and related fields to offer these publication types, we hope to promote higher standards of methodological rigor in our science. This will ensure that our discoveries are based on sound evidence and that they provide a durable foundation for future progress. (PsycINFO Database Record.

PMID:
28714713
PMCID:
PMC6102714
DOI:
10.1037/bne0000207
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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