Enhancing Transparency of the Research Process to Increase Accuracy of Findings: A Guide for Relationship Researchers

31 Pages Posted: 10 May 2014 Last revised: 29 Aug 2014

Lorne Campbell

University of Western Ontario

Timothy J. Loving

University of Texas at Austin

Etienne P. LeBel

University of Western Ontario

Date Written: May 9, 2014

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to extend recent discussions and suggested changes in open research practises to the field of relationship science. We demonstrate different ways that greater transparency of the research process accelerates scientific progress in our field by increasing accuracy of reported research findings. Importantly, we make concrete recommendations for how relationship researchers can transition to greater disclosure of research practices in a manner that is sensitive to the unique design features of methodologies employed by relationship scientists. We discuss how to implement these recommendations for four different research designs regularly used in relationship research. We discuss practical limitations regarding implementing our recommendations and provide potential solutions to these problems.

Suggested Citation

Campbell, Lorne and Loving, Timothy J. and LeBel, Etienne P., Enhancing Transparency of the Research Process to Increase Accuracy of Findings: A Guide for Relationship Researchers (May 9, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2435185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2435185

Lorne Campbell (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario ( email )

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Timothy J. Loving

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

Etienne P. LeBel

University of Western Ontario ( email )

Department of Psychology
SSC
London, Ontario N6A 5C2
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://etiennelebel.com

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