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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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No raw data, no science: another possible source of the reproducibility crisis

Inappropriate practices of science, such as HARKing, p-hacking, and selective reporting of positive results, have been suggested as causes of irreproducibility. In this editorial, the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Brain, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, proposed that a lack of raw data or data fabrication is another possible cause of irreproducibility:Since 2017, …

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Improving quality of preclinical academic research through auditing: A feasibility study

Commentary provided by Claudia Kurreck (Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité -Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany) The performance of audits and assessments is always a sensitive issue in the academic preclinical research environment. The most important argument for not conducting audits in the scientific community has been that audits would …

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