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
Date Written: May 9, 2014
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.
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