Speaking truth to power about qualitative research

From a rejection letter to a qual researcher, about why the manuscript was being rejected: Of course, the whining and outrage was predictable. More here: https://storify.com/shereebekker/bmjnoqual Let’s face facts: it’s a quant world now. Policymakers and stakeholders don’t want to hear stories about the lived experience or any other such nonsense. Funders are increasingly adopting…

And I thought five coauthors was too many!

One such paper, in physics, is snappily titled “Charged-particle multiplicities in pp interactions at sqrt(s) = 900 Gev measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC”. It has clearly made a significant contribution to scholarship, based on ground breaking research at the Large Hadron Collider, and that is reflected in its high number of citations.…

Evidence of p-hacking in ed policy research and the What Works Clearinghouse

I am really looking forward to this paper: This article presents a pre-analysis plan for analyzing the evidential value in a selection of policy research taken from scholarly journals and two research clearinghouses run by the federal government. The analysis will collect p-values from selected studies and estimate the evidential value that they represent using…

How editors should deal with referees – an experiment

As someone who serves on four ed boards, I found this presentation very interesting: How can We Increase Pro-Social Behavior? An Experiment with Referees at the Journal of Public Economics Referees randomized to one of four groups in invitation emails: 1. 6 week – 6 week deadline [control group] 2. Social – 6 week deadline…

Bogus academic publishers

Fascinating article from Slate about a publisher who gets permission to publish dissertations and theses as books, sells only a few copies of each and thus avoids paying royalties, while fooling buyers into thinking they are buying a real book, while raking in the bucks. They also publish books containing nothing but content from Wikipedia.

New – Journal of Observational Studies

A new open-access journal dedicated to observational studies. Normally I am dubious of new journals, until I looked at the ed board: Imbens, Imai, Cook, and bunch of other rock stars. Looks to be a good journal: There are several journals that deal with observational studies in specific fields, but this is the first journal that…