#OverlyHonestMethods Hashtag Reveals How Science Is Really Done

In 140 characters or less, the info that didn't get through peer review.


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If an experiment is any good, the process needs to be replicated. That requires some details on the methods researchers used.

But, uh, how detailed, exactly?

Scientists have been playing off that idea, tweeting the TMI parts of their methods with the hashtag #OverlyHonestMethods.

Here are some classics:

Water stress was applied to the plants until we felt we had achieved an odd sort of victory over them #overlyhonestmethods -- Hope Jahren (@HopeJahren) January 8, 2013

We used jargon instead of plain English to prove that a decade of grad school and postdoc made us smart. #overlyhonestmethods -- Ethan Perlstein (@eperlste) January 8, 2013

We had to pause our ag stream expmt b/c beavers took a walk thru a cornfield & turned our stream into a pond. #overlyhonestmethods #real -- Holly Menninger (@DrHolly) January 8, 2013

The instrument was inoperable during this period because somebody hit one of the switches with their arse. #overlyhonestmethods -- Will Morgan (@willtmorgan) January 8, 2013

"Our results were non-significant at p>0.05, but they're humdingers at p>0.1" :) #overlyhonestmethods -- Richard L. Vance (@RLombardVance) January 8, 2013

You can download our code from the URL supplied. Good luck downloading the only postdoc who can get it to run, though #overlyhonestmethods -- Ian Holmes (@ianholmes) January 8, 2013

A detailed sedimentary log was carried out at this locality, because there was a comfy rock to sit down on beside it #overlyhonestmethods -- Christopher Jennings (@chrsphr) January 8, 2013