Neil Malhotra

Professor of Political Economy

Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
(408) 772-7969
neilm (at)
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Publication Bias in the Social Sciences

I have analyzed the effects of arbitrary statistical significance thresholds on publication bias in political science and sociology. I have also investigatied publication bias in social science experiments.

Please find links to publications in this research area below:

Graham, Matthew, Gregory Huber, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. In press. ``Irrelevant Events and Voting Behavior: Replications Using Principles from Open Science." Journal of Politics.

Franco, Annie, Neil Malhotra, and Gabor Simonovits. 2016. "Underreporting in Psychology Experiments: Evidence from a Study Registry." Social Psychological and Personality Science. 7(1): 8-12.

Nosek, Brian A., et al. 2015. "Promoting an Open Research Culture." Science. 348(6242): 1422-1425.

Franco, Annie, Neil Malhotra, and Gabor Simonovits. 2015. "Underreporting in Political Science Survey Experiments: Comparing Questionnaires to Published Results." Political Analysis. 23(2): 306-312.

Franco, Annie, Neil Malhotra, and Gabor Simonovits. 2014. "Publication Bias in the Social Sciences: Unlocking the File Drawer." Science. 345(6203): 1502-1505.

Gerber, Alan S., Neil Malhotra, Conor M. Dowling, and David Doherty. 2010. “Publication Bias in Two Political Behavior Literatures." American Politics Research. 38(4): 591-613. 

Gerber, Alan, and Neil Malhotra. 2008. “Do Statistical Reporting Standards Affect What Is Published? Publication Bias in Two Leading Political Science Journals." Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 3(3): 313-326.

Gerber, Alan S., and Neil Malhotra. 2008. “Publication Incentives and Empirical Research: Do Reporting Standards Distort the Published Results?" Sociological Methods and Research. 37(1): 3-30.