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I-O Psychology’s Lack of Research Integrity – Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Sheila K. List and Michael A. McDaniel: September 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 14, 2016

In recent years, the integrity of our scientific research has been called into question by the popular press who has asked if the scientific method is flawed (Lehrer, 2010). This assertion has been examined by many researchers as well (e.g., Bedeian, Taylor, & Miller, 2010; Kepes & McDaniel, 2013; O’Boyle, Banks, & Gonzalez-Mulé, in press). These authors have argued that the current states of I-O psychology and management are flawed for several reasons. First, the theory fetish (Hambrick, 2007) in our field is making it nearly impossible to publish null results or replications, which has prevented us from developing solid theory (Cucina & McDaniel, 2016). Second, for academics, the necessity to publish for tenure, retention, promotion, raises, and so on encourages researchers to engage in questionable research practices (QRPs) if the obtained results do not align with a priori expectations or do not reach statistical significance (e.g., Banks, Rogelberg, Woznyj, Landis, & Rupp, 2016; O’Boyle et al.).

A recent article in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist by Nicklin, Gibson, and Grand (2016) touched briefly on the prevalence and impact of QRPs on scientific research in its description of two separate panel discussions conducted at the annual conference for the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). This article responds to their call to continue the conversation and aims to extend their discussion by reviewing three common QRPs, discussing their prevalence, and outlining the ways in which they undermine our field, and science as a whole. We then discuss several ways which we as a field, and as individual researchers, may discourage QRPs, encourage transparency, and increase the integrity of our results.

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Publish your reflections on a research project with SAGE Sociology Research Methods Cases0

Posted by Admin in on November 14, 2016

Have you completed a research project in the field of Sociology? Are you interested in sharing your experience of the research process?

This is an opportunity to build up a library of research ethics related cases.

Writing a case study is easy – just tell us about your research journey! We want you to write a short, accessible reflection on a research project that you have undertaken. Through reading your case students will learn how to carry out a research project, choose and use appropriate methods and recognize the challenges of research in the real world.
SAGE Research Methods Cases at a glance

  • Cases should be 2,000-5,000 words in length.
  • Cases will be peer reviewed and authors will be asked to respond to reviewer queries.
  • Cases should be written using our SAGE Research Methods Cases Sociology submission template.

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Trust, Access and Sensitive Boundaries Between ‘Public’ and ‘Private’: A Returning Insider’s Experience of Research in Bulgaria (Papers: Milena I. Kremakova, 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on November 13, 2016

The article argues that social researchers need a critical, locally situated and historically informed understanding of the categories of ‘public’ and ‘private’, in particular when carrying out research in post-socialist Eastern Europe. Drawing on an ethnographic study of the working lives of Bulgarian maritime workers, the article discusses a range of ethical fieldwork dilemmas encountered while negotiating field access, maintaining relations with gatekeepers, recruiting participants, establishing rapport, interviewing, gaining access to documentary evidence and exiting the field. The analysis focuses on the conceptual and practical boundaries between the ‘public’ and the ‘private’ and highlights the entanglement of the public and private spheres. The notion of ‘returning insider’ is developed and the implications of the returning insider’s positionality are discussed in Bulgarian post-socialist context.

Keywords: Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, Ethnography, Maritime Labour, Post-Socialist, Research Ethics, ‘returning Insider’

Kremakova MI  (2014) Trust, Access and Sensitive Boundaries Between ‘Public’ and ‘Private’: A Returning Insider’s Experience of Research in Bulgaria. Sociological Research Online, 19(4). Article number 12. ISSN 1360-7804

We talked to the scientist at the center of a brutal firestorm in the field of psychology – Business Insider: Australia (Rafi Letzter: September 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 13, 2016

On Thursday, I wrote an article about a firestorm in the field of psychology.

Susan Fiske, a Princeton University social psychologist and former president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), had written a column for the newsletter APS Observer arguing that there was a serious problem of anonymous, ad-hominem attacks among researchers in the field. She accused psychologists, who she did not name, of what she termed “methodological terrorism.”

The column leaked online ahead of its scheduled publication, and sparked a firestorm of ridicule and critique.

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