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How Could This Happen?

[From the article “A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers” by Ed Yong, published in The Atlantic] “In 1996, a group of European researchers found that a certain gene, called SLC6A4, might influence a person’s risk of depression. It was a blockbuster discovery at…

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It’s Not A Problem, It’s an Opportunity

[From the blog “The replication crisis is good for science” by Eric Loken, published at The Conversation] “Science is in the midst of a crisis: A surprising fraction of published studies fail to replicate when the procedures are repeated.” “Is…

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Science Can Get Us Out of the Reproducibility Crisis (But How?)

[From the blog post, “Can We Science Our Way out of the Reproducibility Crisis?” by Hilda Bastian at PLOS Blogs] “Many studies are so thin on details, they’re unverifiable, unusable, or both. Many are too small, badly designed, or otherwise…

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Another Article Takes the Sheen off RCTs

[From the article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”, by Alexander Krauss, recently published in Annals of Medicine] “Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are commonly viewed as the best research method to inform public health and social policy. Usually they…

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To Improve Reproducibility, You Should Talk to Your…Librarian?

[From a guest blog entitled “What To Do About The Reproducibility Crisis” by Letisha Wyatt, posted at jove.com] “Late in my biomedical science graduate training, I learned that researchers often overlook the fundamental processes of adequately preparing data and all…

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RANDALL & WELSER: On the Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science

[This post is based on the report,  “The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science: Causes, Consequences and the Road to Reform”, recently published by the National Association of Scholars] For more than a decade, and especially since the publication of a…

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IN THE NEWS: Wall Street Journal (April 16, 2018)

[From the opinion article, “How Bad is the Government’s Science?” by Peter Wood and David Randall, published at http://www.wsj.com%5D “A deeper issue is that the irreproducibility crisis has remained largely invisible to the general public and policy makers. That’s a…

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Just How Big Is the “Reproducibility Crisis”? Good Question

[From the preprint article “Researcher conduct determines data reliability” by Mark Wass, Larry Ray, and Martin Michaelis] “Our findings demonstrate the need for systematic meta-research on the issue of data reproducibility. A reproducibility crisis is widely recognised among researchers from many different fields….

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Reproducibility crisis? What reproducibility crisis?

[From the opinion article, “Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to?” by Daniele Fanelli, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)] “Efforts to improve the reproducibility and integrity of science are typically…

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REED: The Replication Crisis – A Single Replication Can Make a Big Difference

[This post is based on the paper, “A Primer on the ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ and Ways to Fix It” by the author] In a previous post, I argued that lowering α from 0.05 to 0.005, as advocated by Benjamin et al….

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