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'Nature' editorial on reproducibility - more demanding standards for research

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Simon, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Simon

    Simon

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    This whole reproducibility thing is really taking off:

    Announcement: Reducing our irreproducibility (open access)
    Most of this looks really good, though it's a little worrying that a journal of Nature's standing feels the need to remind reviewers and authors that experiments need to adjust for multiple comparisons, or that data must meet the assumptions of the statistical test being applied (eg normal distribution).

    They also encourage a move to open data:
     
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  2. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    "encourage"?

    Should be an absolute obligatory not-even-up-for-debate minimum requirement for all peer review publications. There are no excuses for not publishing all data, and every reason for publishing. Anything less is a perverse joke.
     
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    Indeed. Lack of transparency is a big reason why these things persist.
     
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    Transparency, accountability and governance issues were what my unfinished blog was to be about, which should have been finished in March. I may now have to substantially rewrite it, I have lost some of the material. These are issues I consider paramount in changing medicine for the better.
     
  5. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    Strange - as a non scientist I I always believed transparency the very foundation of scientific enquiry (open) - if not non science.
     
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