Publication Bias in the German Social Sciences

Publication Bias in the German Social Sciences

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Publication Bias in the German Social Sciences

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Title Publication Bias in the German Social Sciences
URI http://doi.org/10.7802/73
Primary Researcher Berning, Carl;Department of Political Science, University of Mainz
Weiß, Bernd;Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
Publication Year 2015
Availability Eingeschränkter Zugang
Subject Area Basic Research in the Social Sciences
Abstract Systematic research reviews have become essential in all empirical sciences. However, the validity of research syntheses is threatened if the preparation, submission or publication of research findings depends on the statistical significance of these findings. The present study investigates publication bias in three top-tier journals in the German social sciences, utilizing the caliper test. For the period between 2001 and 2010, we have collected 156 articles that appeared in the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (KZfSS), the Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ZfS) and the Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS). In all three journals, we found empirical evidence for the existence of a publication bias at the 10% level. We also investigated possible causes linked to this bias, including single versus multiple authorship as well as academic degree. We find only weak support for the relationships between individual author characteristics and publication bias.
Publications Berning, C., & Weiß, B. (2015). Publication Bias in the German Social Sciences: An Application of the Caliper Test to Three Top-Tier German Social Science Journals. Quality & Quantity.;http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11135-015-0182-4

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