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Evidence that nonsignificant results are sometimes preferred: Reverse P-hacking or selective reporting?

Chuard, Pierre J. C.; Vrtílek, Milan; Head, Megan; Jennions, Michael D.


There is increased concern about poor scientific practices arising from an excessive focus on P-values. Two particularly worrisome practices are selective reporting of significant results and ‘P-hacking’. The latter is the manipulation of data collection, usage, or analyses to obtain statistically significant outcomes. Here, we introduce the novel, to our knowledge, concepts of selective reporting of nonsignificant results and ‘reverse P-hacking’ whereby researchers ensure that tests produce a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-01-25
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS Biology
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000127
Access Rights: Open Access


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