Putting the Self in Self-Correction

Affiliated institutions: Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE)

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Description: Scientific self-correction is often construed as an outcome of the activities of the community as a whole. In contrast, cases in which researchers publicly point out errors in their own studies are rare and deemed unusual. Here, we argue that such individual self-corrections would be beneficial for the scientific community. In an online project, we invited researchers to submit statements describing how they have lost confidence in a finding they had previously published. We discuss questions that the Loss-of-Confidence project raises and argue that cultural norms should be transformed so that they live up to the pursuit of self-correction. Researchers who are interested in joining this project are invited to submit their own statement via https://lossofconfidence.com/ .

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