Call for Abstracts: "Replication and Transparency in Social Science: Crisis or Crossroads?

Graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines at the University of Chicago are invited to submit abstracts for a poster session as part of "Replication and Transparency Standards Across the Social Sciences," a conference to be held at The University of Chicago.

Prof. Paul Poast, the conference organizer, is seeking abstracts for posters describing the research question, plan of analysis, results and discussion of research projects related to the conference theme of replication and transparency in the social sciences. There will be three cash prizes associated with this session. Additional details about the competition are to be announced closer to the conference date.

Relevant projects will include (but are not limited to):

* Replication studies of quantitative research;

* Projects proposing advances for replication or research transparency in quantitative or qualitative methods;

* Historical research revisiting the specific questions and/or archival materials of an already published study;

* Field research extending past studies to new field sites or revisiting field sites of an already published study.

Replication studies advance general knowledge by highlighting the conditions under which findings persist --- or disappear. Replication can also serve as a basis for new theory and wholly new contributions to knowledge. Supporting an innovative method or theoretical contribution by re-using existing data, re-examining a well-understood case or revisiting a field site, the analyst draws a clear connection between new advances and the existing literature. This poster session will highlight graduate student work making contributions along these lines.



The poster session is open to current graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines at The University of Chicago.

To propose a poster, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the conference organizer, Prof. Paul Poast. Submissions should be sent by email to with "[CISSR CONFERENCE POSTER SUBMISSION]" in the subject line.

Submissions must also clearly state the student or students associated with each submission, their respective programs, and their primary academic advisors.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed.



Please submit abstracts by Aug. 30, 2018. Decisions on abstracts will be announced beginning Sept. 10.



Friday, October 12, 2018
Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall
University of Chicago
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Conversations about transparency and reproducibility of scientific research are taking place across academia. In the social sciences, some of these conversations are motivated by controversy, while others are driven by more mundane concerns about routine scientific practice and the nature of accumulating evidence. Regardless of the motivation, these conversations tend to take place within disciplinary enclaves or even narrower sub-fields. Therefore, this conference will seek to help participants better understand the contours of these debates, the solutions under consideration, and the possible negative consequences of those solutions. The conference is designed to be: 1) interdisciplinary, 2) geared towards empirically oriented scholars working in the social sciences, broadly defined, and 3) methodologically inclusive (e.g., ethnographers, historians, quantitative scholars, etc.).

The conference will begin with a keynote address by Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. The all-day event draws together leaders in research transparency and reproducibility, including directors of research archives, scholars of scientific ethics, and editors of major journals.