[visionlist] Registered Reports format now available at Perception/iPerception
jon.peirce at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 05:27:42 -05 2018
We’re very pleased to announce that /Perception/ and /iPerception/ have
added the option for publication of/Registered Reports/, articles that
are provisionally accepted purely on the basis of an interesting
hypothesis, where we think the experiment should be run and published
whatever the result.
Registered Reports differ from conventional empirical articles by
performing part of the review process before researchers collect and
analyse data (see https://cos.io/rr for details and list of adopting
journals). High quality preregistered protocols that meet strict
editorial criteria are then offered in principle acceptance, which
guarantees publication of the results provided authors adhere to their
preregistered protocol, and provided various pre-specified quality
standards are achieved in the final outcome.
For studies with a clear hypothesis, the Registered Reports format has
several benefits. First, it prevents publication bias by ensuring that
editorial decisions are based on the theoretical importance and
methodological rigour of a study, before research outcomes are known.
Second, by requiring authors to preregister their study methods and
analysis plans in advance, it prevents common forms of research bias
including p-hacking (selective reporting of statistically significant
outcomes) and hindsight bias (presenting a hypothesis derived from
unexpected results as though it was predicted in advance) while still
welcoming unregistered analyses that are clearly labelled as exploratory
or post hoc.
Third, pre-study peer review enables avoidable flaws in study design and
analysis plans to be corrected before the research is undertaken,
improving the quality and efficiency of the research process.
Finally, if you have a clear /a priori/ hypothesis this gives you a
chance to show off that fact, without your readers questioning whether
you came up with your hypothesis after peeking at the data.
Adding this article format does not preclude exploratory research.
Perception and iPerception are both still accepting regular articles.
Even with a Registered Report you can also include data and analyses
that you thought of after registration, as long as you identify them
clearly as being /post hoc/ or exploratory analyses.
We think this is an exciting new option that we hope vision scientists
will embrace. Many thanks to Pieter Moors and Chris Chambers for their
help developing the idea.
Registered Reports Editor
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