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Additional reads in May 2020

SuperPlots: Communicating reproducibility and variability in cell biology Against pandemic research exceptionalism Pseudoscience and COVID-19 — we’ve had enough already Spin in Scientific Publications: A Frequent Detrimental Research Practice Pseudoscience and COVID-19 — we’ve had enough already Coronavirus in context: tracks positive and negative citations …

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Systematic review of guidelines for internal validity in the design, conduct and analysis of preclinical biomedical experiments involving laboratory animals

Several initiatives have set out to increase transparency and internal validity of preclinical studies. While many of the points raised in these various guidelines are identical or similar, they differ in detail and rigour. Most of them focus on reporting, only few of them cover the …

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Variability in the analysis of a single neuroimaging dataset by many teams

To test the reproducibility and robustness of results obtained in the neuroimaging field, 70 independent teams of neuroimaging experts from across the globe were asked to analyze and interpret the same functional magnetic resonance imaging dataset.The authors found that no two teams chose identical workflows to …

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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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