Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Replication Network

Some of my previous posts have dealt with the issue of replicability - e.g., here and here.

I had an email from Bob Reed today, alerting me to his involvement in the launching of The Replication Network. I knew that this was a big interest of Bob's, and it's great to see where things are going with this important venture.

Here's Bob's email:
"I would like to invite you to consider joining The Replication Network (TRN). TRN is a website/community of scholars committed to promoting the use of replications in economics.  For those of you who have seen an earlier version of the website, please note that the site has been thoroughly revamped in preparation for its “rollout” in June 2015.  I think you will like what you see.  You can check it out at : For researchers interested in publishing replication studies, the website provides up-to-date information about (i) which journals encourage replication submissions, and (ii) a list of recently published replication studies that can serve as models of good practice.  It also lists News and Events related to replications. Membership has its privileges. :-)  Members can post their research on the website and are invited to contribute guest blogs related to replications.  Members will also receive email updates every few months alerting them to new content on the website. There is no financial cost to join TRN, you will not be bothered with advertising or other spam, and you can easily unsubscribe if you later choose to.  The main reason I encourage you to join TRN is because there is strength in numbers.  If journals can see that there is a substantial readership of academics who support replication research and are interested in seeing it promoted, they may choose to change their editorial policies to include the publishing of replication studies.  The lack of publishing outlets is the single biggest obstacle to the wider use of replication in economics. 
Thank you for giving this some thought. And feel free to forward this email to your colleagues. 
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me."

I hope that readers will check this out and spread the word.

© 2015, David E. Giles