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Department of Anthropology

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Publication details for Professor Jo Setchell

Setchell, J., Fernandez-Duque, E. & Higham, J.P. (2016). Editorial: Changes and Clarifications to the Policies of the International Journal of Primatology to Promote Transparency and Open Communication. International Journal of Primatology 37(6): 617-627.

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The joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists in Chicago 2016 provided an opportunity to discuss and update the policies of the International Journal of Primatology, the official journal of the International Primatological Society. As a result, we have made several changes and clarifications to journal policy. Most of these are to improve transparency. Scientific progress requires transparency and open communication among scientists. However, an emphasis on innovation combined with insufficient and selective reporting of methods and results impede progress. In this editorial we clarify our policies on replication, reproducibility, null results, statistical reporting, and methods validation. We have updated the Instructions for Authors and introduced badges to acknowledge open science. We also take this opportunity to summarize other changes to the International Journal of Primatology.