Newsflash: Parapsychology, 1978 – registered reports introduced

transparentboxTo reduce publication bias, yesterday The Royal Society announced that it’s introducing registered reports in its latest journal Royal Society Open Science. Registered reports means that submitted papers can be accepted by journal editors on the basis of the strength of their planned methodology and hypotheses, before the authors have collected any data. Psychology journals have also  begun to introduce similar practices. For example Cortex announced a registered reports initiative almost exactly two years ago (there are some useful comments below the Cortex announcement on how to ensure that the authors haven’t already collected the data).

Perhaps because of its controversial subject-matter, parapsychology has been sensitive to problems associated with publication bias for many years. In 1978, the European Journal of Parapsychology under the combined editorship of Martin Johnson and Sybo Schouten announced their publication policy was to review papers prior to any data being collected, on the basis of their rationale and methodological quality. Sometimes it helps to be controversial. You can read the EJP policy here.

About Caroline Watt

Prof Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
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3 Responses to Newsflash: Parapsychology, 1978 – registered reports introduced

  1. Nemo C. Mörck says:

    Some of the Principles of Psychical Research: “( 5) The criterion of selection for publication is not the class to which a case belongs, nor whether its data seem for or against any theory, but whether light is thrown thereby on the class of phenomena to which it belongs.” (Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 1922, vol 16, p. 3).

    http://www.iapsop.com/archive/materials/aspr_proceedings/aspr_journal_v16_1922.pdf

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