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CFP: "Philosophical Perspectives on the Replicability Crisis" - Topical Collection, EJPS

CFP: Topical Collection, EJPS---Philosophical Perspectives on the
Replicability Crisis

The European Journal for Philosophy of Science


Mattia Andreoletti (University of Turin)
Jan Sprenger (University of Turin)

Submit your paper through the EJPS Editorial Manager. Submitted papers will be
peer-reviewed as per usual journal practice. Typically, two reviewers will be
assigned to each paper and final decisions will be taken by EJPS Editors in
Chief, following the recommendation of the Guest Editors, which is based on
the reviewers reports. Please prepare papers for blind review.

The submissions portal will be open between 1 October and 31 December 2019.

The discourse about causes, extent and solutions of the replicability crisis
in science has so far been firmly in the hand of (meta-)scientists and
methodologists. However, the crisis is entangled with core philosophical
problems, such as the foundations of statistical inference, the role of values
and bias in scientific reasoning, and the social structures and conventions of
science. Solution proposals in the literature (e.g., compulsory
pre-registration) are mainly on a technical level, while we believe they
deserve more philosophical analysis.

This topical collection will integrate the epistemic and social study of
science in order to close this gap. In particular, it will gather, combine and
contrast different methodological techniques, such as specific case studies,
sociological approaches, general and more formal approaches from philosophy of
science (e.g., philosophy of statistics and meta-science).

Questions we would like to consider include, but are not limited to:
---What counts as a replication of a research result?
---How does successful replication contribute to scientific knowledge?
---How does the replicability crisis differ among research fields?
---How does the social structure of scientific communities affect
reproducibility of research findings?
---How do (epistemic and non-epistemic) values contribute to the crisis?
---Do replication projects help science to self-correct its mistakes?
---Do replication failures impact on the epistemic authority of science and
the acceptance of expert advice?
---How can statistical, social or methodological reforms address the
replicability crisis?
---Should we change our expectations about the scientific method in the light
of the crisis?

This topical collection will be a comprehensive and systematic topical
collection on the replicability crisis. It will be unique in spanning a wide
range of approaches from philosophic to social studies of science, thus
bringing together the different ends of the methodological spectrum. The
topical collection will show how philosophical analyses sheds light on the
causes, the nature, and the consequences of the crisis. It will also provide a
critical perspective on existing solution proposals and contribute to
developing new ways out of the crisis. In this way, philosophers can
demonstrate the relevance of philosophical analysis for scientific practice,
enter a constructive dialogue also with (meta-)scientists and methodologists,
and pave the way for fruitful cross-disciplinary collaborations.

We appreciate submissions from philosophy of science and social studies of
science scholars, and also from scholars in the sciences or related fields,
who would like to make a philosophical contribution to understanding the
replicability crisis.
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