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If reporting p-values is wrong, what is the alternative?

A recent comment in Nature calls for ending with the uncritical reporting of p-values as the main criterion to determine the acceptance or rejection of a hypothesis. They claim that p-value reporting fosters a dichotomous way of thinking which leads to misinterpretation of results. That means, that having a significant result, does not mean there is an actual ‘difference’, nor a lack of significance means one should discard a potential difference. Read more “If reporting p-values is wrong, what is the alternative?”

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Notes on papers I read this week (I)

Cañibano, C. & Bozeman, B. Curriculum vitae method in science policy and research evaluation: the state-of-the-art. Research Evaluation, 18(2), 86-94

This paper reviews the use of CV analysis in science policy. The value of CVs lies in the fact that they serve as personal services advertisement and the fact that researchers are strongly encouraged to provide timely and accurate data. Until early 1990s CV analysis has been used anecdotally and as complementary. However, the Research Value Mapping programme developed by Bozeman and Rogers among others, has fostered its expansion as a solid methodology. Contrarily to other methodological approaches, CV analysis is characterized by being theory-driven. There are three main research topics in which this method has been applied: Career trajectories, mobility and mapping collective capacity. However, CV analysis is not free of many methodological limitations, namely: availability, heterogeneity, truncation, missing information, and coding inconsistency. They suggest solving part of this problems by complementing the data with other sources such as bibliometric data or survey data. Read more “Notes on papers I read this week (I)”