Young eScientist Award

In December 2020, Willem Sleegers and I were awarded the Young eScientist Award from the Netherlands eScience Center for our proposal to improve statcheck’s searching algorithm. Today marks the start of our collaboration with the eScience Center and we are very excited to get started!

In this project, we plan to extend statcheck’s search algorithm with natural language processing algorithms, in order to recognize more statistics than just the ones reported perfectly in APA style (a current restriction). We hope that this extension will expand statcheck’s functionality beyond psychology, so that statistical errors in, e.g., biomedical and economics papers can also be detected and corrected.

More information about the award can be found here.

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Top Downloaded Paper

I am very happy to announced that my paper “Practical tools and strategies for researchers to increase replicability” was listed as a Top Download for the journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

The paper lists an overview of concrete actions researchers can undertake to improve the openness, replicability, and overall robustness of their work.

I hope that the high number of downloads indicate that many researchers were able to cherry-pick open practices that worked for their situation.

Read the full paper (open access) here.


Teacher of the Year

I am proud and happy to announce that I was elected Teacher of the Year of Tilburg University.

In teaching, I hold on to a famous Dutch saying: “beter goed gejat, dan slecht bedacht”, or “it’s better to steal something good, than to come up with something bad”. There are so many smart people coming up with innovative, educational tips, tricks, and tools, that it doesn’t make sense (to me) to try and reinvent the wheel.

I’m always trying to improve my teaching and my courses, and I’m incredibly thankful that my students seem to notice that 🙂


Tilburg University Dissertation Prize

Yesterday I was awarded the Tilburg University Dissertation Prize. It is a great honor, but I’m especially grateful because this as a sign that Tilburg University thinks it is good to be critical about the current scientific system, and that open science is an important step forward.

I would like to thank my advisors and collaborators, without whom this dissertation would not exist.

My full dissertation, “Research on Research: A Meta-Scientific Study of Problems and Solutions in Psychological Science”, can be downloaded here.


statcheck Runner-Up for Sentinel Award

Screen-Shot-2017-08-02-at-4.05.46-PM-2Publons announced the winner of the Sentinel Award for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review, and I am proud to announce that statcheck was crowned runner-up!

I am honored that the judges considered statcheck a useful contribution to the peer review system. In the end, one of the things I hope to achieve is that all Psychology journals will consider it standard practice to quickly “statcheck” a paper for statistical inconsistencies to avoid publishing them.

A very warm congratulations to the winner of the award: Irene Hames. Irene spent most of her career on improving the quality of peer review and it is great that her work is recognized in this way! Also congratulations to the rest of the Sentinel Award nominees: Retraction WatchAmerican Geophysical UnionORCiDF1000ResearchThe Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)Kyle Martin and Gareth Fraser.

For more information about the award, the winner, and the finalists, see this page.

statcheck Shortlisted for Publon Sentinel Award!

Proud to announce that I’ve been shortlisted for the Publon Sentinel Award for my work on statcheck. The Sentinel Award is an award for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review.

At this point, statcheck is used in the peer review process of two major psychology journals (Psychological Science and the Journal for Experimental Social Psychology) and an increasing number of journals are recommending using statcheck on your own manuscript before submitting it.

For more information about the award and the other great candidates, see this page.