Science Practice Hub - A new space for scientific exchange and development

The Science Practice Hub (SciPHub) provides a space for researchers to enter into dialogue across faculties to reflect critically on our own science practices and share knowledge and expertise to strengthen the capability of research. It is a new joint initiative of scholars from the Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL) and the ILD Centre for Thinking and Learning, open to every interested researcher.

Leaders and founding members

  • Dr Maria J Arche - CREL Director, Associate Professor of Linguistics & Spanish
  • Dr Jana Uher - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Dr Anna Samara - Lecturer in Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Dr Ana Paula Palacios - Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Activities with leaders for each

ReproducibiliTEA Journal Club (Dr Anna Samara)

International network initiative that has now spread to 117 institutions in 25 different countries. The main goal of ReproducibiliTEA is to create opportunities for discussion about various themes in and around the Open Science movement.

Who it is for: While ReproducibiliTea was born in psychology and the social sciences, we are explicitly recruiting across disciplines, as these issues affect every corner of science. This means that everyone is welcome, whether you've never heard about open science or are an expert, are an economist, historian, biologist, computer scientist, or anything else.

When will it take place: Meetings are currently scheduled to take place on Fridays (13.00-14.00) every three weeks (as we grow, we'll look to adjust the schedule to minimize conflicts).

To participate, we recommend reading the main article in the link in advance, but understand that this will not always be possible. One or more discussion leaders will come prepared with a brief summary of the paper to get everyone on the same page, and some questions to get the conversation started. We'll proceed with lively discussion, and will each hope to leave a slightly better researcher than we arrived!

The next session will take place on: Friday 22 January 2021, 1-2pm

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Link to article

Practice workshops (Dr Ana Paula Palacios)

Frequentist statistical analysis: foundational ideas and common mistakes

Presentation Slides | Video 

Speaker: Dr Malgorzata Wojtys (University of Plymouth)

Adherence to standards of rigor and transparency when performing statistical analyses in linguistic research is crucial in obtaining reliable and trustworthy results. In recent years, many systematic reviews pointed out a number of problems in this area such as experiments not being reproducible, statistical assumptions not being carefully checked or misinterpreting results of statistical procedures and drawing unjustifiable conclusions. In this talk, we focus on fundamental ideas underlying some of the most popular frequentist statistical methods used in linguistic research with an aim to improve and deepen participants' understanding of those methods. We will review concepts related to hypothesis testing such as the significance level, the p-value, the power, Type I and Type II errors with a focus on their meaning and interpretation. Statistical assumptions underlying hypothesis testing will be discussed and illustrated using examples. The most common mistakes and misconceptions will be emphasized. Further examples involving analysis of variance (ANOVA) and linear mixed models will be presented.

Science dialogues (Dr Jana Uher)

Active and constructive dialogue among scholars from different sciences about key topics in the making of science (e.g. objectivity, scientific terms).

Science lectures (Dr Maria Arche)

Lectures given by guest speakers on controversial issues on science practice (e.g. methodology, epistemology).