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Assessing and Promoting Reproducibility in Perception and Consciousness Research

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The ability to reproduce previous scientific findings is essential to verify their truth. In the last five to ten years, there has been a growing concern about the poor reliability of findings in psychology and other research fields. The field of consciousness research is at potentially high risk of poor ...

The ability to reproduce previous scientific findings is essential to verify their truth. In the last five to ten years, there has been a growing concern about the poor reliability of findings in psychology and other research fields. The field of consciousness research is at potentially high risk of poor reproducibility given that it is often concerned with sub-conscious experience, for which by definition the effects are often small in magnitude, fleeting in duration, and difficult to verify objectively. Unreliable science erodes trust in publicly funded research and lays unsteady foundations on which to build future scientific inquiry. Historically, the failure to routinely conduct replication studies has likely contributed to the proliferation of an unreliable research literature. Another contributor likely stems from undisclosed analytical flexibility that invalidates statistical inferences in many studies. In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the imperative to replicate previous work in order to build a more accurate scientific record. Meta-scientific research fields have emerged addressing issues around reproducibility. This has led to the development of tools and approaches to assess and facilitate reproducibility and encourage data sharing and transparency. One important development has been the adoption of the registered report format (more detailed information is found here: https://cos.io/rr/) in which the quality of the research methodology, rather than the novelty of findings, is assessed when evaluating the quality of manuscripts. In registered reports, the methodology of a proposed study is reviewed, and adjusted as necessary, prior to data collection and the results published irrespective of the outcome. This ensures rigorous methodology, reduces analytical flexibility and provides an unbiased scientific record.

We welcome high quality, well-powered replication studies (with positive and negative outcomes), on the topic of perception and consciousness. We are also particularly interested in receiving submissions of registered reports for novel studies or replications of previous findings. Finally, we encourage submission of review articles and tools and code aimed at assessing and promoting reproducibility.

This Research Topic aims to be an outlet for replication studies and registered reports for consciousness research. If you are interested in submitting a registered report, please contact the Specialty Chief Editors: J.Silvanto@westminster.ac.uk and S.Evans1@westminster.ac.uk. Access this link with further instructions about the process of submitting a registered report: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/psychology/sections/consciousness-research#article-types
For more information regarding this article type, please consult https://cos.io/rr/

N.B. The submission date is for the initial submission of the Registered Report. Once the authors are granted In Principle Acceptance, the authors have 1 year to complete the study and resubmit the completed manuscript.


Keywords: Replication, Reproducibility, Research methods, transparency, data sharing


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