Improving the reproducibility of biomedical research
The Academy of Medical Sciences has published a new joint report on how the reproducibility and reliability of research can be improved.
Recent reports in the general and scientific media show there is increasing concern within the biomedical research community about the lack of reproducibility of key research findings.
To explore how to improve and optimise the reproducibility of biomedical research, the Academy co-organised a symposium in April 2015 with BBSRC, MRC and the Wellcome Trust.
This exercise resulted in a report, published today, Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research: improving research practice, which proposes potential solutions to keep science in top shape.
The report indicates that there is no single cause of irreproducibility, and a number of measures such as greater openness, reporting guidelines and quality control measures may improve reproducibility. In addition, the report found that a 'one size fits all approach' is unlikely to be effective, but measures to improve reproducibility should be developed in consultation with the biomedical research community and evaluated to ensure that they achieve the desired effects. The report also highlights that journalists, science writers and press officers share responsibility with researchers to report science accurately – and not overstate the certainty of studies.
Further information on this project, along with a joint statement from the meeting organisers, is available from the Academy of Medical Sciences project page: www.acmedsci.ac.uk/policy/policy-projects/reproducibility-and-reliability-of-biomedical-research
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