Banning the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing Procedure (NHSTP)
Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) is the first psychology journal to outright ban NHSTP. The link to the short editorial tells the story, but you can certainly find much more on the subject from other sources. Bayesian procedures are neither banned nor required. The idea is that strong descriptive statistics, effect sizes, and large, stable samples will produce better (i.e. more “honest”) research than simply having an arbitrary cut-off point for accepting effects from samples based on a standard distribution. BASP is not a high impact journal per se (and I’m not a social psychologist), but this gutsy move is interesting.
Will others follow suit? Can the big journals pull away from NHSTP entrenchment? Should they?