Avoiding the elephant in the room: The real reasons behind our research crisis

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Problemification: In recent years, the so-called publication crisis has reached alarming proportions, and the psychology and industrial psychology profession are not left unscathed. Efendic and van Zyl investigated the crisis and emphasised on open science practices as a strategy to address the issues. Implications: This article argues that the problem is much deeper than a matter of replication and should be approached from a systemic and holistic perspective. The author argues that the root causes can be grouped into four main categories, namely policies, ethics, systemic or institutional and research methodology. Unless the root causes are not addressed, the crisis will deepen. Purpose: The purpose of this article is to reflect on Efendic and van Zyl’s analysis and offer additional insights. Recommendations: A number of additional strategies are offered to address the real problems behind the replication problem.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera1723
JournalSA Journal of Industrial Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Academic dishonesty
  • Ethics
  • Higher education
  • Policies
  • Replication crisis
  • Research methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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