William H. Starbuck on How Journals Can Improve Research Practices in Social Sciences


This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Administrative Science Quarterly, presenting an opportunity to not only celebrate the success of the journal and anticipate the promise of what the future holds, but also an opportunity to reflect on areas where the editorial process could be improved. In his essay, “60th Anniversary Essay: How Journals Could Improve Research Practices in Social Science,” published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, William H. Starbuck considers some imperfect properties of current editorial practices and methodology in the social sciences.

ASQ CoverThe abstract from his essay:

This essay proposes ways to improve editorial evaluations of manuscripts and to make published research more reliable and trustworthy. It points to troublesome properties of current editorial practices and suggests that editorial evaluations could become more reliable by making more allowance for reviewers’ human limitations. The essay also identifies some troublesome properties of prevalent methodology, such as statistical significance tests, HARKing, and p-Hacking, and proposes editorial policies to mitigate these detrimental behaviors.

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