Retroactive Disclosure Statements Make the Past More Useful

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What did I do?

Why did I do it?

What do my co-authors think about it?

What will the journals think about it?

What could I have done better?

  • When research has been reported as confirmatory, it might be more ideal to structure the disclosure statements as a list of the hypotheses, providing the previously undisclosed information for each one of the hypotheses. This would make it much clearer to which extent a particular finding is based on solid practices.
  • It would be great to make disclosure statements dynamic (living) documents that can be independently edited by all authors on a paper, and that this document has a version control system running in the background. This way we would be able to add information with time, and any disagreements between authors could be viewed publicly in the document.
  • Dr. Etienne LeBel has worked on an icon for disclosure statements, which could also be employed when the statements are made retroactively. I used colour codes in my list of publications to indicate whether everything had been reported transparently in the original paper; standardised icons would fill this purpose even better. Etienne has also suggested creating a template for the retroactive disclosure statements. I hope we’ll be hearing more soon about the icon and template.

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