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Toward an Empirically Robust Science of Human Development


Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Replications and robustness checks are key elements of the scientific method and a staple in many disciplines. My wish is for prioritizing both explicit replications and, especially, the lowest of low-hanging fruit: within-study robustness checks. I provide recommendations for editorial policies that encourage these practices and describe ways of promoting these practices in graduate training. While some of my recommendations might affect the form and substance of developmental research articles, I argue that their scientific benefits are key for advancing the field.

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