The big pre-registration debate
At the start of June, Dr Chris Chambers and Prof Marcus Munafo, along with over 80 other signatories, posted an open letter in the Guardian calling for more journals to role out a new type of research paper, in which methods and analyses are peer reviewed before data are collected. Chris has blogged about this initiative before - see here. Today, Prof Sophie Scott published an article in the THE, in response to that original Guardian letter, criticising pre-registration. I think it's great that we're having a debate about this, because it means more people are thinking about it. Moreover, I'd be wary of *any* system that all scientists blindly adopt without question. To try and facilitate the conversation, I've set up a storify which attempts to follow the debate on twitter (see below). If you want to join in, use the hashtag #prereg, and I'll update as best I can. I've also set up a Branch conversation for those who don't like the 140 character limitation of twitter - you can find that by following the link below (also appears embedded at the bottom of this post). Lastly, if you want to raise questions or points here, feel free to do so in the comments section. I'll also update this post with any and all relevant links to blog posts and other material. If you have any links you'd like me to add, drop me a comment.
FAQs about Pre-registration, by Chris Chambers (jump to end of the pdf)
Storify of the debate on Twitter
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