How to publish rigorous experiments in the 21st century

Susan T. Fiske

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Crises provide an opportunity for the field to take stock, as do the articles in this special issue. Constructive advice for 21st century publication standards includes appropriate theory, internal validity, and external validity. First, well-grounded theory can produce a priori plausibility, testable logic, and a focus on the ideas involved, all cumulatively informed by meta-analysis across studies. Second, internal validity benefits from both exploratory work and confirmatory analyses on well-powered samples that require systematic detection and principled decisions about data quality. Inferences benefit from manipulated mediation analysis and from careful interpretation without over-claiming. Finally, external validity profits from a variety of exact and conceptual replications, best evaluated by meta-analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-147
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Experiments
  • External validity
  • Internal validity
  • Replicability
  • Theory


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