Journal article

Metaresearch for Evaluating Reproducibility in Ecology and Evolution

Fiona Fidler, Yung En Chee, Bonnie C Wintle, Mark A Burgman, Michael A Mccarthy, Ascelin Gordon

BIOSCIENCE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Recent replication projects in other disciplines have uncovered disturbingly low levels of reproducibility, suggesting that those research literatures may contain unverifiable claims. The conditions contributing to irreproducibility in other disciplines are also present in ecology. These include a large discrepancy between the proportion of "positive" or "significant" results and the average statistical power of empirical research, incomplete reporting of sampling stopping rules and results, journal policies that discourage replication studies, and a prevailing publish-or-perish research culture that encourages questionable research practices. We argue that these conditions constitute suffic..

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