IN THE NEWS: Times Higher Education (December 13, 2019)

[Excerpts taken from the article “Ten UK universities create reproducibility-focused senior roles” by Simon Baker, published in Times Higher Education]
 “The involvement of 10 universities that have officially joined a UK network set up to tackle the issue of reproducibility in research will be “critical” in making an impact, one of its leaders has said.”
“Institutions including UCL and the universities of Edinburgh, Bristol and Sheffield have signed up to be part of the UK Reproducibility Network, which was established last year in a bid to better coordinate efforts to boost the robustness of research.”
“Each university has created a role that will feature a senior academic leading on practical steps the institution is taking to bolster research quality, such as better training, open data practices and assessing the criteria used in recruitment and promotion decisions.”
“Marcus Munafò, chair of the network and professor of biological psychology at the University of Bristol, told Times Higher Education that the official involvement of universities provided a vital “middle” layer between funders and academics in the drive to tackle the issue.”
“Having institutions on board would also allow them to develop a consistent approach towards policies that can shift research culture away from practices that hamper reproducibility and transparency, Professor Munafò said.”
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