Authors of the Statcheck software insist that their goal is not to shame researchers or to replace human reviewers, but to help them avoid making these mistakes in the future. In doing so, it will help clean up a tiny but impactful problem in the psychological literature (of which there are many).

This conversation is a small part of what has become a very big controversy about replication in the social sciences, which seems to have pitted the old guard against an increasing number of voices raising methodological concerns about important studies in these literatures.