My oldest son asked me once why I blog about the quality of mentor-reviewed, student-completed research. I explained to him that the quality of research being published, social science or not, has been shown to fraught with errors.
I want to quote from Dr. Gelman’s last paragraph –
Research is not being done for the benefit of author or the journal; it’s for the benefit of the readers of the journal, and ultimately for society. If you don’t want your work to be publicly discussed, you shouldn’t publish it. We make criticisms in public for the same reason that we write articles for publication, because we think this work is ultimately of relevance to people on the outsideAndrew Gelman