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Circ Res. 2015 Jan 2;116(1):116-26. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.303819.

Reproducibility in science: improving the standard for basic and preclinical research.

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From the TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Malvern, PA; and Departments of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Statistics, Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), CA.
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From the TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Malvern, PA; and Departments of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Statistics, Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), CA. jioannid@stanford.edu.

Abstract

Medical and scientific advances are predicated on new knowledge that is robust and reliable and that serves as a solid foundation on which further advances can be built. In biomedical research, we are in the midst of a revolution with the generation of new data and scientific publications at a previously unprecedented rate. However, unfortunately, there is compelling evidence that the majority of these discoveries will not stand the test of time. To a large extent, this reproducibility crisis in basic and preclinical research may be as a result of failure to adhere to good scientific practice and the desperation to publish or perish. This is a multifaceted, multistakeholder problem. No single party is solely responsible, and no single solution will suffice. Here we review the reproducibility problems in basic and preclinical biomedical research, highlight some of the complexities, and discuss potential solutions that may help improve research quality and reproducibility.

KEYWORDS:

funding; journals; research integrity; universities

PMID:
25552691
DOI:
10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.303819
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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