The Hybrid Registered Reports Submission Path

One of the most frequent criticisms regarding the peer review system is a bias towards positive (i.e., confirmative) results, while negative or null findings are less likely to find approval by reviewers (although they may address no less relevant research questions and may result from equally rigorous methods).

The Journal of Business Psychology (JBP) has now announced to roll out an additional manuscript submission path that the editors hope to address the publication bias. In this alternative path, called hybrid registered reports submission path, authors submit the introduction, information on methods and measurement, as well as a plan of analysis, while no results and discussion are provided. Research is then evaluated on the merits, rigor, and quality of the project rather than what was actually found.

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