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A tragedy of the (academic) commons: interpreting the replication crisis in psychology as a social dilemma for early-career researchers

Everett, Jim A.C., Earp, Brian D. (2015) A tragedy of the (academic) commons: interpreting the replication crisis in psychology as a social dilemma for early-career researchers. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 . E-ISSN 1664-1078. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01152) (KAR id:75776)

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Abstract

Several proposals for addressing the “replication crisis” in social psychology have been advanced in the recent literature. In this paper, we argue that the “crisis” be interpreted as a disciplinary social dilemma, with the problem facing early-career researchers being especially acute. To resolve this collective action problem, we offer a structural solution: as a condition of receiving their Ph.D. from any accredited institution, graduate students in psychology should be required to conduct, write up, and submit for publication a high-quality replication attempt of at least one key finding from the literature, focusing on the area of their doctoral research. We consider strengths, weaknesses, and implementation challenges associated with this proposal, and call on our colleagues to offer critical response.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01152
Uncontrolled keywords: open science, replication, social dilemmas
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Jim Everett
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 18:24 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 14:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75776 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Everett, Jim A.C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2801-5426
Earp, Brian D.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9691-2888
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