What characterizes replication studies? First impressions.

In this blog post we report first observations and impressions from our study following 24 recently funded replication studies in practice. NWO funding calls for replication studies: what were the characteristics? The aim of the three replication calls, according to the NWO website, was to encourage researchers to carry out replication research and thus to … Continue reading What characterizes replication studies? First impressions.

The Replication in Action project

In the last decade, concerns have been raised in several fields of research about the reproducibility of research findings. Our project, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) aims to increase our understanding of the practical and epistemological issues at stake in replication studies. If a result is not reproducible in a replication study, does that mean that the original claim was false? And if not, how may we explain the failure to reproduce? Reproducibility of results by different researchers is generally considered an important touchstone of the validity of scientific claims, but there are a number of complexities associated with replication and reproducibility. We are going to study how these issues are dealt with in practice. In this post we describe how we will do this.