There is currently a replication crisis in science. A number of large-scale reviews have found that more than 50% of published studies are not replicable. This is true in the health sciences as well as the social sciences. Even the most prestigious journals are implicated in the crisis, with replication rates below 60%. Potential reasons for the crisis include pressure to publish or perish, use of incomplete research designs, small sample sizes, and questionable statistical techniques resulting in studies that should not have been published in the first place.

The goal of this and two more special issues to come is to inform readers about the crisis and provide standardized protocols that can be used to conduct quality research projects. Using standardized protocols, we can directly address the replication crisis by leveraging the membership of AAPB to create studies that use appropriate statistical techniques and have standardized protocols, sound research...

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