Pre-registration is a Game Changer. But, Like Random Assignment, it is Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient for Credible Science

Joseph P. Simmons, Leif D. Nelson, Uri Simonsohn

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Abstract

We identify 15 claims Pham and Oh (2020) make to argue against pre-registration. We agree with 7 of the claims, but think that none of them justify delaying the encouragement and adoption of pre-registration. Moreover, while the claim they make in their title is correct—pre-registration is neither necessary nor sufficient for a credible science—this is also true of many our science’s most valuable tools, such as random assignment. Indeed, both random assignment and pre-registration lead to more credible research. Pre-registration is a game changer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consumer Psychology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

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