“Principles and proposals for a more credible research publication”, an early draft white paper on best practices for social science journals, by Don Green, Macartan Humphreys, and Jenny Smith.
Abstract: In recent years concerns have been raised that second-rate norms for analysis, reporting, and data access limit the gains that should follow from first-rate research strategies. At best, deficient norms slow the accumulation of knowledge; at worst, they result in a body of published work littered with results that are flawed, fragile, false, or in some cases, fraudulent. Scholars across disciplines have proposed a number of innovations for journal reform that seek to counter these problems. We review these and other ideas and offer a blueprint for a “best-practices” social science journal.