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The Costs of HARKing

Rubin, Mark (2019) The Costs of HARKing. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

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Abstract

Kerr ([1998]) coined the term ‘HARKing’ to refer to the practice of ‘hypothesizing after the results are known’. This questionable research practice has received increased attention in recent years because it is thought to have contributed to low replication rates in science. The present article discusses the concept of HARKing from a philosophical standpoint and then undertakes a critical review of Kerr’s ([1998]) twelve potential costs of HARKing. It is argued that these potential costs are either misconceived, misattributed to HARKing, lacking evidence, or that they do not take into account pre- and post-publication peer review and public availability to research materials and data. It is concluded that it is premature to conclude that HARKing has led to low replication rates.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Rubin, Mark
Keywords: psychology; social psychology
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Mark Rubin
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 02:11
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:11
Item ID: 16987
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Oxford Academic Press
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz050
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz050
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 3 December 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16987

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