The decline effect
Recently we have begun to document the surprising range of domains that appear to have evidenced decline effects, and begun speculating about the host of alternative accounts (from the banal to the spectacular) that might account for them (Schooler, 2012). We (Mooneyham et al, 2012: Schooler, 2012, ) have argued that understanding the decline effect may require a major revision to the scientific process whereby scientists log their protocols before conducting their research and then report their findings, regardless of out come, afterwards in an open access repository. We are currently working with the Fetzer Foundation to organize a major meeting of scientists from various disciplines to consider alternative accounts of the decline effect and approaches for rigorously addressing.
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