Andrew Abbott Notes on Replication Sociological Methods & Research 2007 36: 210-219.

February 7, 2010

This comment argues that although replication will and should gain ground in sociology, that process will be complicated by issues of ownership, mechanics, and security. Replicationism will also change the economy of peer review. Ironically, it could also reveal that sociologists have less agreement on methodological issues than we think.

Key Words: replication • data ownership • security • journals • peer review


Glenn Firebaugh Replication Data Sets and Favored-Hypothesis Bias: Comment on Jeremy Freese (2007) and Gary King (2007) Sociological Methods & Research 2007 36: 200-209.

February 7, 2010

Jeremy Freese makes the case for data sharing as a condition of publication for quantitative research in sociology, and Gary King tells us of a Dataverse Network under construction that is designed to routinize the process of posting and storing such data sets. No matter how user-friendly that network turns out to be, it is clear that no system is entirely cost-free, either for researchers or for journal editors. It is important, then, to determine whether the benefits of mandatory data sharing(or “data relinquishment,” as Herrnson calls it) would outweigh the costs. In this comment, the author discusses the issue from his vantage point as a former editor and concludes that the benefits of such a requirement most likely would exceed the costs.

Key Words: data dredging • data sharing • peer review • replication • transparency in science • verification