Maybe History isn’t that far behind the curve?
Chronicle of Higher Ed reporting on a recent study in biomedicine methodology (CHE article currently behind a paywall, but may eventually be converted to free access).
The study found that only 54% of the instruments and materials used in 238 recently-published articles could be identified from the content of the articles. Not surprisingly, this makes replication of the results (you know, what the scientific method is based on) difficult if not impossible. Takeaway quote: “The group quantified a finding already well-known to scientists: No one seems to know how to write a proper methods section”.
What’s the percentage in History do you think?