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Sealed Envelope Submissions Foster Research Integrity

Journal article
Authors Martin Dufwenberg
Peter Martinsson
Published in Revue Economique
Volume 70
Issue 6
Pages 919-926
ISSN 0035-2764
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 919-926
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.3917/reco.706.09...
Keywords scientific misconduct, editorial policy, incentives, sealed envelope, submissions, backward induction, registered reports, ethics, honesty, replicability, prevalence, promises, honesty, bias, Business & Economics
Subject categories Business Administration

Abstract

Because journals favor clear stories, researchers may gain by engaging in scientific misconduct, ranging from shady practices like collecting more data hoping for significance to outright data fabrication. To set researchers' incentives straight, we propose sealed envelope submissions, where editors' and referees' evaluations are based only on the interest of the research question and on the proposed empirical method. We argue that researchers who are inherently honest and who would not have cheated anyway will not be hurt by our protocol, but rather be helped by being protected.

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