Everything Hertz

Methodology, scientific life, and bad language.

About the show

Methodology, scientific life, and bad language. Co-hosted by Dr. Dan Quintana (University of Oslo) and Dr. James Heathers (Cipher Skin)

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  • 172: In defence of the discussion section

    August 31st, 2023  |  35 mins 36 secs

    Dan and James discuss a recent proposal to do away with discussion sections and suggest other stuff they'd like to get rid of from academic publishing

  • 171: The easiest person to fool is yourself (with Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris)

    July 20th, 2023  |  55 mins 42 secs

    We chat with Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris about the science of cons and how we can we can avoid being taken in. We also cover the fate of the gorilla suit from the 'invisible gorilla' study, why scientists are especially prone to being fooled, plus more!

  • 170: Holy sheet

    June 23rd, 2023  |  50 mins 32 secs

    We discuss evidence of data tampering in a series of experiments investigating dishonesty revealed via excel spreadsheet metadata and how traditional peer review is not suited for the detection of data tampering.

  • 169: Using big data to understand behavior (Live episode with Sandra Matz)

    May 31st, 2023  |  43 mins 44 secs

    In our first ever live and in-person episode, we chat with Sandra Matz about the opportunities and challenges for using big data to understand human behavior

  • 168: Meta-meta-science

    April 27th, 2023  |  48 mins 26 secs

    Dan and James discuss a new paper that reviews potential issues in metascience practices. They also talk about their upcoming live show in May in Frankfurt.

  • 167: Diluted effect sizes

    March 16th, 2023  |  43 mins 39 secs

    Dan and James chat about a new study that uses homeopathy studies to evaluate bias in biomedical research, a new-ish type of authorship fraud, and the potential for Chat GPT peer-review.

  • 166: Is science becoming less disruptive over time?

    January 25th, 2023  |  52 mins 12 secs

    Dan and James discuss a recent paper that claims that science is becoming less disruptive over time and the suggested causes for this decline.

  • 165: Self-promotion

    December 30th, 2022  |  41 mins 18 secs

    Dan and James chat about self-promotion in academia, how they both wish they had doctoral defences (these aren't a thing in Australia), and replacing error bars with the letter "t".

  • 164: The great migration

    November 28th, 2022  |  49 mins

    James and Dan discuss the recent migration of scientists from Twitter to Mastodon and the pros and cons of sharing the prior submission history of manuscripts

  • 163: eLife's new peer review model

    November 7th, 2022  |  54 mins 44 secs

    Dan and James discuss eLife's new peer review model, in which they no longer make accept/reject decisions at the end of the peer-review process. Instead, papers invited for peer review will receive an assessment from eLife and the peer reviews will be shared on eLife's website. It's up to author if they would like revise their manuscript or publish their paper as the version of record.

  • 162: Status bias in peer review

    October 17th, 2022  |  50 mins 43 secs

    We chat about a recent preprint describing an experiment on the role of author status in peer-review, dodgy conference proceedings journals, and authorships for sale

  • 161: The memo (with Brian Nosek)

    September 12th, 2022  |  47 mins 58 secs

    Dan and James are joined by Brian Nosek (Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science) to discuss the recent White House Office of Science Technology & Policy memo ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research. They also cover the implications of this memo for scientific publishing, as well as the mechanics of culture change in science.

  • 160: Whistleblowing

    August 31st, 2022  |  50 mins 40 secs

    Dan and James share ten rules for whistleblowing academic misconduct.

  • 159: Peer review isn't working (with Saloni Dattani)

    August 15th, 2022  |  51 mins 35 secs

    Dan and James are joined by Saloni Dattani for a chat about the history of peer review, a reimagination of what peer review could look like, what happens when you actually pay peer reviewers, peer reviewer specialisation, post publication peer review, annual paper limits for authors, automation in peer review, and Big Cheese.

  • 158: Word limits

    August 1st, 2022  |  45 mins 11 secs

    By popular demand, Dan and James chat about journal word and page limits. They also the debate around a recent meta-analysis on nudge interventions

  • 157: Limitations

    July 11th, 2022  |  46 mins 46 secs

    Dan and James discuss a new preprint that examined the types of limitations authors discuss in their published articles and whether these limitation types has changed over the past decade, especially in light of methodological reform efforts.