Cognition and Emotion Registered Reports of Replication Studies Cognition & Emotion

Cognition & Emotion

Cognition and Emotion invites Registered Reports which differ from conventional empirical articles by performing part of the review process before researchers collect and analyse data.  High quality pre-registered protocols that meet strict editorial criteria are then offered in principle acceptance, which guarantees publication of the results provided authors adhere to their pre-registered protocol, and provided various pre-specified quality standards are achieved in the final outcome.

For studies with a clear hypothesis, the Registered Reports format has three key benefits:

•   First, it prevents publication bias by ensuring that editorial decisions are made on the basis of the theoretical importance and methodological rigour of a study, before research outcomes are known.

•   Second, by requiring authors to pre-register their study methods and analysis plans in advance, it prevents common forms of research bias including p-hacking and HARKing (hindsight bias) while still welcoming unregistered analyses that are clearly labelled as exploratory.

•  Third, because protocols are accepted in advance of data being collected, the format provides an incentive for researchers to conduct important replication studies and other novel, resource-intensive projects (e.g. involving multi-site consortia) — projects that would otherwise be too risky to undertake where successful publication is contingent on the results.

Registered Reports are an additional option for authors rather than a replacement of existing article types, and the journal still welcomes unregistered research articles. Furthermore, we realise that pre-registration does not lend itself to all research practices, including secondary data analysis of existing databases, and exploratory research. The regular, non-registered section therefore remains an important outlet.

Registered Reports of Replication Studies

Registered Replication Reports are manuscripts describing the findings of a study designed to directly or conceptually replicate empirical findings published previously. Unlike the more conventional process where a full report of empirical…

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Instructions for Reviewers

The review process for submissions to the RR section consists of two stages. At Stage 1, authors submit a manuscript, containing an introduction and method section only. The stimuli, materials or tasks should be available as well, preferably…

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Instructions for Authors

An initial submission to the RR section contains an Introduction and a Methods section only, which is first assessed by the Editorial team on the scientific merit and fit with the journal, and the availability of all the supplementary…

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