File Drawer Problem


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A popular term for a type of publication bias in which either investigators fail to report their results, or journals have no interest in publishing results of a study that is negative for a particular trend
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The file drawer problem or publication bias (17) and incentive bias (18) are not unknown to scholars.
"The 'File Drawer Problem' and Tolerance for Null Results," Psychological Bulletin, (86:3), 1979, pp.
This problem is often called the file drawer problem (Rosenthal, 1979) because authors who have insignificant results and/or results that conflict with prevailing theory end up putting a paper in the file drawer after multiple, perhaps unwarranted, rejections.