Recommendations for Increasing Replicability in Psychology


  • This target paper is the result of an Expert Meeting on ‘Reducing non-replicable findings in personality research’ in Trieste, Italy, July 14–16, 2012, financed by the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP) in the recognition of the current debate on insufficient replicability in psychology and medicine. The participants of this Expert Meeting served as authors of the current article (the organizer of the meeting as the first author) or as its editor.


Replicability of findings is at the heart of any empirical science. The aim of this article is to move the current replicability debate in psychology towards concrete recommendations for improvement. We focus on research practices but also offer guidelines for reviewers, editors, journal management, teachers, granting institutions, and university promotion committees, highlighting some of the emerging and existing practical solutions that can facilitate implementation of these recommendations. The challenges for improving replicability in psychological science are systemic. Improvement can occur only if changes are made at many levels of practice, evaluation, and reward. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.