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Back to the Future

One of my last actions as Editor-in-Chief of Acta Psychologica was to accept a manuscript for publication that is very timely given the current “crisis of confidence” in psychology. One of the paper's key points is that it is crucial to distinguish between hypothesis testing and exploratory research. The paper chimes in with many critics of current practices in psychology when it asserts that [i]t is essential that these hypotheses have been precisely formulated and that the details of the testing procedure (which should be as objective as possible) have been registered in advance. Several journals, such as Cortex , as well as special issues of journals already require authors to preregister their submissions and the Open Science Framework offers an extremely user-friendly platform to do just this. The paper makes a clear distinction between hypothesis-generating and hypothesis-testing research and argues that researchers regularly conflate the two, passing off expl