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Research on research

Self reflection is important. As a human endeavour with the whole of society as its beneficiary, science should also have introspection; looking in on itself to identify things worth celebrating, as well as things that need improvement. In a recent article, Ioannidis explains why we need meta-research: research on research. Meta-research The goal of meta-research is to understand and improve

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Reproducibility: The Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

In a previous post, we profiled the EQUATOR network and reporting guidelines. These guidelines stress transparency in reporting study methods, and most are relevant to study designs in clinical research, such as randomised controlled trials, epidemiological studies and systematic reviews. Taking a different vein, the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines were developed to enhance transparency in reporting of study

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Fixing statistics

Statistics are not broken. The problem lies with how scientists use, interpret and report them. At the end of 2017, Nature asked five influential statisticians to recommend a key change that would improve science. Adjust for human cognition The first change was proposed by Jeff Leek of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and it is based on the

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The dark side of competition in science

Competition in science is ever increasing. Research funds are harder to come by and positions have increasing number of applicants. Being the first to publish a result has a disproportionately large impact on prestige and advancement. These problems were already present a decade ago when Anderson et al. (2007) published their paper entitled The perverse effects of competition on scientists’

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