Social Science & Public Policy

Do you agree with this assessment of social science by an economist and quantitative sociologist?

“A radical overhaul is needed of how social science is published and produced: 1) Organisations which fund social science should, where possible, require researchers to share the computer code which generated their results

2) Open publishing models should be extended across the social sciences. These models (as exemplified by the journal PLoS One) emphasise publication of all research that is technically sound, regardless of the results

3) As is (or should be) the case in medicine, social science research projects should be pre-registered before any analysis takes place to prevent them going ‘missing in action’ if they find negative results.”

John Jerrim (economist) and Robert de Vries (sociologist)


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