Citation bias: How bad a problem is it?

  • Tue 16 Feb 21

    14:00 - 15:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Professor Dorothy Bishop

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Matteo Lisi

Studies reporting positive results (e.g. statistically significant evidence for the beneficial effect of a treatment) receive more citations than those reporting negative results, a phenomenon known as citation bias.

To what extent can this lead the community to the wrong conclusions, hampering scientific progress, and what can we do about it?

Find out more from Professor Dorothy Bishop.


Professor Dorothy Bishop is based at the University of Oxford, where she heads an ERC-funded programme of research into cerebral lateralisation for language. She is an honorary fellow of St John’s College Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Bishop's main research interests are in the nature and causes of developmental language difficulties, with a particular focus on psycholinguistics, neurobiology and genetics. Her book "Uncommon Understanding" won the British Psychological Society's annual award in 1999, and she has published widely on children's language disorders. In addition, she has been an advocate for higher standards of methods and transparency in research, and is a founder member of Reproducible Research Oxford. She also chairs the advisory board of the recently-formed UK Reproducibility Network. She has a popular blog, Bishopblog, which features posts on a wide range of topics, including those relevant to reproducibility and open science practices. She is also on Twitter as @deevybee.

Open Science Working Group

This seminar organised in collaboration with the Open Science Working Group at Essex. Please contact Dr Miroslav Sirota (msirota@essex.ac.uk)  for more information about the group’s activities.

How to attend

This seminar will be held on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link please email Dr Giulia Poerio (g.poerio@essex.ac.uk) or Dr Matteo Lisi (m.lisi@essex.ac.uk) with the date and title of the seminar you wish to attention.

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