The Division of Replication Labor

Felipe Romero*

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Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of a “replicability crisis” in the behavioral, social, and biomedical sciences. Researchers have made progress identifying statistical and methodological causes of the crisis. However, the social structure of science is also to blame. In the fields affected by the crisis, nobody is explicitly responsible and rewarded for doing confirmation and replication work. This paper makes the case for a social structural reform to address the problem. I argue that we need to establish a reward system that supports a dedicated group of confirmation researchers and formulate a proposal that would achieve this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1025
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2020

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