New research finds replication studies are often unwelcome in psychology journals

first_imgOnly a small minority of psychology journals encourage the submission of replication studies, according to new research.The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, provides one reason why replications may not be performed or published enough.“Science progresses through replication and contradiction. The former builds the body of evidence, the latter determines whether such a body exists,” said Professor Neil Martin, of Regent’s University London, the lead author on the study. Share on Facebook Share Email LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter “We wanted to investigate whether journals specifically rejected (or did not recommend) the submission of replications. We did this by examining the aims and instructions to authors of 1,151 journals in psychology,” he added.Of the psychology journals examined, only about 3 percent (33 in total) specifically stated that replications would be accepted.Most journals (63 percent) did not state they accepted replications but did not discourage replications either. But 33 percent implicitly discouraged replication studies, with language such as: “Studies whose sole purpose is to replicate well-established developmental phenomena in different countries or (sub) cultures are not typically published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.” Twelve journals explicitly did not accept replications for publication.In 2015, researchers attempted to reproduce 100 previously published psychological studies, but only 36 percent reached statistical significance after being conducted again. But Martin and his colleagues said there is a way for psychology to put its house in order.“We’ve suggested that all journals in psychology should state that they accept replications that are positive and negative,” Martin said. “Researchers could also submit two papers for publication when they submit original research: one which reports the original results and one replication which acts as a test of the original findings.”last_img read more

WHL Prepares ‘La Bella’ Seismic Survey

first_imgAustralian energy company WHL Energy Limited has signed a contract with CGG Services SA for the acquisition of the La Bella 3D seismic survey. The survey will utilise CGGs’ Viking II vessel to acquire data with state-of-the-art Broadseis™ broad band seismic acquisition technology.The survey will start in mid-November and take approximately one month. An initial processed data volume is expected to be available in mid-February 2014, with the final processed volume targeted for completion in May 2014. The survey area is located approximately 35 kilometres off the coast of Port Campbell in the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria.WHL Energy will operate the survey on behalf of the VIC/P67 Joint Venture which consists of WHL Energy 40% and AWE 60%. AWE will fund 75% the costs of the acquisition and processing for the 3D seismic survey up to a cost of $12 m ($9m being AWE’s share) to earn 60% equity, after which each Joint Venture partner will pay its equity share. TAP Oil will pay for 20% of the cost of the La Bella 3D seismic survey, up to a total of $2.95m to have the option to acquire 10% equity in Vic/P67.Managing Director David Rowbottam said: “WHL Energy is pleased to have finalised the contracting of a seismic vessel for the La Bella 3D seismic survey and look forward to receiving the data. The data from the 3D survey will assist with confirmation and definition of the La Bella gas and condensate resource and progress the development planning and commercialisation of the resource.” “The survey will also further define several exploration targets in the La Bella area that will be considered for drilling in early 2015. The acquisition of this seismic survey is an important milestone in the La Bella project timeline as the Company and Joint Venture continues to work towards bringing the project to commercial fruition.”[mappress]Press Release, October 09, 2013last_img read more

Borough Looks At Funds To Hire Three 911 Dispatchers

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at an ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday that would cover the cost of funding three new borough dispatch positions.  The total cost according to the ordinance would be approximately $345,000 on an annual basis. Harbaugh: “It has met with the borough administration three times to discuss revising the agreement to address this transition but no agreement has been reached. The borough intends to continue its efforts to negotiate with the state and to recover costs it is owed by the state under the current agreement.” In a memo to the assembly from Borough Finance Director Brandi Harbaugh, funds are needed to reimburse the borough’s E911 division for the overtime costs it hasincurred and to fund three new positions to fill the vacancies left unfilled by the state. Harbaugh: “Three of DPS ‘s eight dispatcher positions have been vacant since September 2019 equaling 1,868 hours that the borough had to cover using overtime. A fourth state position remained vacant from July 1, 2019 until September 5, 2019. The missing state personnel time totals about 2080 hours, which is equal to one full-time position for a year.” The state announced its intention to centralize E911 call-taking for Alaska State Troopers and alerted the borough of its intention to ultimately remove all state positions from the Communications Center in Soldotna.last_img read more

This girl is lonely no more

first_imgA series of short Internet videos, the show continues to play out on Web sites such as YouTube, MySpace and the official www.Lonelygirl15.com days after the revelation that Lonelygirl15 is a work of fiction and that its star is an actress. Rose’s cover was blown when her Internet fans discovered old head shots of an actress who looked very much like her character Bree, a rebellious 16-year-old who is isolated in her room and home-schooled. Her fans offered advice on dealing with her strict parents only to be betrayed by the hoax. Some suspected Hollywood was promoting a new project the same way filmmakers of “The Blair Witch Project” used the Internet. It wasn’t a campaign; it was a way to try out new material and find an audience. Increasingly, the Internet has become a vehicle for independent filmmakers looking to distribute their work. “Before … you had a very limited pool,” said Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent, or F.I.N.D., formerly IFP-West. “You could call the offices of distributors or send your tape around to agents. America’s loneliest girl is lonely no more. Jessica Lee Rose, the 19-year-old struggling actress who plays Lonelygirl15 on the Internet, is trying to deal with her newfound fame. “I’m not used to this much attention. It’s a little bit crazy for me,” Rose told The Associated Press. “We are incredibly excited for her,” said Miles Beckett, a 28-year-old from Woodland Hills who was one of three aspiring filmmakers who made Rose the unlikely star. “The opportunities now to do it without mortgaging your house are plentiful,” she added. “It’s a very fertile time.” Like “Blair Witch,” “Lonelygirl15” passed itself off as real. The four-month-old drama ended earlier this week when Internet detectives and national publications set out to uncover the real identity of Lonelygirl15, forcing its creators to come clean. “Once we saw the tide turn away from (the show) to looking into who we were as people, that’s when we made the decision (to reveal ourselves),” said Greg Goodfried, a 27-year-old Los Angeles lawyer when he isn’t helping put out Lonelygirl15. The show was originally a collaboration between Beckett and Mesh Flinders, a 26-year-old aspiring filmmaker from Petaluma. A few weeks after hammering out the story of Lonelygirl15, they brought Goodfried on board and recruited actors to play Bree and her dorky love interest, Daniel (played by Yousef Abu-Taleb). It began appearing on the Internet in June. The latest Webisode was just posted. According to the filmmakers’ publicist, Hans Kopal, the show has yet to generate revenue for all involved. But the hope is that advertisers will soon flock to what has become an Internet phenomenon. Since the revelation, the number of Lonelygirl15 subscribers has increased. In the spring, Rose was an unemployed actress looking for work when an ad on Craigslist for a project called “Children of Anchor Cove” caught her eye. “At the time, I really didn’t know what it was because there wasn’t a lot of details on it,” she told the AP. “They just said it was an independent project.” The show’s creators hired her after two readings and made her sign a nondisclosure agreement. They then informed her the project was not a film or a TV pilot, but a series of Internet videos. After it was revealed that the Lonelygirl15 vlogs were a hoax, angry fans expressed their disappointment by uploading their own videos. “The actress Jessica Rose is probably just like every other actress, just a vapid, L.A. blonde,” said gohepcat, a 29-year-old man who appeared in his video behind mirrored sunglasses and a straw rancher’s hat. In another video, a 32-year-old woman who goes by the moniker MonkeyFemme expressed disappointment at being duped. “The creators (of Lonelygirl15) did this without any thought to how it was going to affect the community, and … I think that’s really, really sad,” she said. “I hope it was worth it for them.” “I can understand their disappointment,” Rose told the AP. “I’m sure they did invest a lot of time in the Lonelygirl15 videos. I feel bad that they invested in it emotionally and were disappointed. “But Bree is still a character, and she’s still going to continue with this online series. And they can continue to watch if they like. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sandra Barrera, (818) 713-3728 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more