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Editorial - The replication crisis

Lipscomb, Martin ORCID: (2021) Editorial - The replication crisis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77 (2). pp. 501-503. ISSN 0309-2402 (print), 1365-2648 (electronic)

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The problem is easily stated and well known. Research findings that cannot be reproduced or replicated lack trustworthiness and that's why, in part, reports detail the methods employed in finding derivation. Stating methods, including methods of statistical analysis, enables researchers to rerun and thereby test (confirm or not) the conclusions claimed in studies. However, it is now realized that many findings in, for example, psychology, social science, and some branches of medicine cannot be replicated (Stupple, Singerman, & Celi, 2019; Yong, 2018). The significance and ramifications of this realization are difficult to underplay. Findings that refuse replication undercut what we think we know and although replication might, as a topic, seem arcane, the subject is not simply of concern to those entangled in academic or research methods disputes. Popular science texts such as Tim Harford's How to Make the World Add Up (2020), and – in the UK – radio programmes such as Analysis’ The Replication Crisis (2018) have brought the issue to public attention. The subject even has its own Wikipedia page

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: editorial, the replication crisis
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Martin Lipscomb
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 09:49
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 12:12

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