RWI’s Policy Lab Climate Change, Migration and Development collaborates with the Institute for Replication (I4R), founded by Abel Brodeur. I4R works to improve the credibility of science by systematically reproducing and replicating research findings in leading social sciences journals. The I4R also supports meta-science that strives to improve our understanding of how scientific results are generated.
Replication is key to ensuring the credibility and quality of research findings. Replication and meta-science allow us to assess which findings are robust and are generalizable, making science a self-correcting and introspective system, with major downstream effects on policy-making.
I4R and RWI host the I4R Discussion Papers Series, a forum for research papers that promote replications and meta-scientific work in the social sciences. The series covers a wide range of meta-scientific topics, with a particular emphasis on replicating influential studies. Provided in cooperation with EconStor, a service of the ZBW, the series is among others listed in RePEc (see IDEAS, EconPapers). I4R Discussion Papers are not peer-reviewed, but authors commit to professional and polite reporting. For replications, we always offer original authors the opportunity to provide comments on the replication and publish a reply. Moreover, we also offer replicators guidance and support in the communications with original authors.