PS: Political Science & Politics

Symposium: Openness in Political Science

Replication, Research Transparency, and Journal Publications: Individualism, Community Models, and the Future of Replication Studies

John Ishiyama

University of North Texas

Recently, the importance of research transparency via replication studies has been greatly discussed in most of the social sciences, political science included. Indeed, as Gherghina and Katsanidou (2013) and Freese (2007) note, to some extent, the discussion has been prompted by the tremendous changes in publishing in the past decade or so. With the enormous expansion in data availability and instant publication made possible by the Internet, there now are many opportunities to verify the findings presented in the discipline's major journals. “Replication, replication” has not only become the mantra for political science, but for economics, psychology, and quantitative sociology as well. These developments opened a debate on how to best “guard the high standards or research practice and allow for the maximum use of current knowledge for the further development of science” (Gherghina and Katsanidou 2013, 1; for similar sentiments see King 1995).

John Ishiyama, University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas and lead editor of American Political Science Review, is a comparative politics scholar, who specializes in political parties and democratization in post-communist Russian, East Central European, and African (particularly Ethiopian) politics. He has also done considerable work on ethnic conflict and politics (particularly the role played by ethnic parties) and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. He can be reached at