Scientific research relies on the reproducibility of results, but current incentive structures provide little encouragement for researchers to conduct replications themselves (Nosek, Spies, & Motyl, 2012). This special issue of Social Psychology is a challenge to those incentive structures; it provides recognition for researchers who have devoted their energy to replications of high value and encourages more progressive research techniques like pre-registration and open materials. This publishing format is being adopted and improved by other journals including Perspectives on Psychological Science, Cortex, Frontiers in Cognition, and Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.
The Editors received approximately 40 inquiries or full proposals for the special issue. Proposals included information about the importance of the original effect and why it had a high replication value. They also included the proposed research design, sampling plan, and analysis plan. Those that passed preliminary review were sent out for peer review. The fifteen proposals that were accepted are presented with links to the registered proposals, links to original articles, and materials and data from the final registered reports in the articles. The special issue was published May 19, 2014 and is available here, along with most of the commentaries and responses here.