Preventing statistical errors in scientific journals

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Abstract

There is evidence for a high prevalence of statistical reporting errors in psychology and other scientific fields. These errors display a systematic preference for statistically significant results, distorting the scientific literature. There are several possible causes for this systematic error prevalence, with publication bias as the most prominent one. Journal editors could play an important role in preventing statistical errors in the published literature. Concrete solutions entail encouraging sharing data and preregistration, and using the automated procedure “statcheck” to
check manuscripts for errors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
JournalEuropean Science Editing
Volume42
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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