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Twenty Years and Over a Thousand Citations, But It Couldn’t Be Reproduced

[From the commentary “Novelty in science should not come at the cost of reproducibility” by Andrew Holding, published in The FEBS Journal] “Oestrogen receptor (ER) cycling is a dogma of the Oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer field.” “For nearly 20…

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Meta-Research: The Big Picture

[From the paper “Calibrating the scientific ecosystem through meta-research” by Tom Hardwicke, Stylianos Serghiou, Perrine Janiaud, Valentin Danchev, Sophia Crüwell, Steven Goodman, and John Ioannidis, forthcoming in Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application] “Meta-research has been defined as ‘the…

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What Can Universities Do?

[From the blog “A manifesto for reproducible science” by Marcus Munafò, published at wonke.com] “…several initiatives exist that can support universities keen to improve their research quality and culture. The Forum for Responsible Research Metrics promotes the better use of metrics,…

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Incentives to Replicate: Show Me the Money!

[From the article “Go Forth and Replicate: On Creating Incentives for Repeat Studies” by Michael Schulson at the web magazine Undark] “Suggested reasons for the [replication] crisis are many. Some researchers have blamed the scientific publishing culture itself …. But some…

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Do Research Assessment Systems like the UK’s Research Excellence Framework Discourage Replication?

[From the article “Why is so much research dodgy? Blame the Research Excellence Framework” in The Guardian] “In the UK, the Ref [Research Excellence Framework] ranks the published works of researchers according to their originality (how novel is the research?), significance…

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