Why Publishing Everything Is More Effective than Selective Publishing of Statistically Significant Results

Last modified: May 10, 2017

The authors criticize and disprove de Winter and Happee’s conclusions that it may be more effective to publish results selectively on the basis of outcomes*.

Using their scenario with a small to medium population effect size, we show that publishing everything is more effective for the scientific collective than selective publishing of significant results. Additionally, we examined a scenario with a null effect, which provides a more dramatic illustration of the superiority of publishing everything over selective publishing.

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Publication

Title: Why Publishing Everything Is More Effective than Selective Publishing of Statistically Significant Results
Authors: van Assen MALM, van Aert RCM, Nuijten MB, Wicherts JM
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084896 (2014)
 
* J de Winter & R Happee (2013) Why Selective Publication of Statistically Significant Results Can Be Effective. PLoS ONE 8: e66463.

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