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A mathematician, a physicist, and a statistician went hunting for deer. When they chanced upon one buck lounging about, the mathematician fired first, missing the buck’s nose by a few inches.The physicist then tried his hand and missed the tail by a wee bit.The statistician started …

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Sample Size Matters – An App Exploring Sample Size and Power

Problems with statistical analysis and data visualization in published papers (REF1, REF2, REF3, REF4) have led to calls to improve training for biomedical scientists. Although statistics are essential for biomedical research, statistics training is not always required to complete a PhD.A new set of free online simulators allow readers visually to explore statistical …

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The Embassy of Good Science – An online platform fostering research integrity

By Iris Lechner The field of research integrity is growing substantially. An increasing number of guidelines and initiatives to foster responsible research practices are being implemented worldwide. Individual researchers however sometimes find it difficult to know which policies, codes and rules of good research practices apply to them …

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Additional reads in March 2020

Preregistration of exploratory research: Learning from the golden age of discovery What Research Institutions Can Do to Foster Research Integrity When Science Needs Self-Correcting Journal transparency index will be ‘alternative’ to impact scores Universities ‘should bolster their research integrity policies’ Wozu Tierversuche? Medikamente gibt’s doch in …

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Comparing quality of reporting between preprints and peer-reviewed articles in the biomedical literature

Preprint usage is growing rapidly in the life sciences; however, questions remain on the relative quality of preprints when compared to published articles. An objective dimension of quality that is readily measurable is completeness of reporting, as transparency can improve the reader’s ability to independently interpret …

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Improving the trustworthiness, usefulness, and ethics of biomedical research through an innovative and comprehensive institutional initiative

The reproducibility crisis triggered worldwide initiatives to improve rigor, reproducibility, and transparency in biomedical research. There are many examples of scientists, journals, and funding agencies adopting responsible research practices. The QUEST (Quality-Ethics-Open Science-Translation) Center offers a unique opportunity to examine the role of institutions. The Berlin …

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