A range of problems currently undermines public trust in biomedical research. In this article, Mark Yarborough and colleagues discuss four erroneous beliefs that may prevent the biomedical research community from recognizing the need to focus on deserving this trust, and which can act as powerful barriers to necessary improvements in the research process. The erroneous beliefs, according to the authors, are:
- Questioning the trustworthiness of research simultaneously questions the integrity of researchers.
- The bulk of problems in research is due to bad actors.
- Science self-corrects.
- Compliance with regulations is capable of solving the problems that gave rise to the regulations themselves.
We share the conclusions and solutions presented in this paper and agree that trustworthy research has two keywords – Openness and Transparency.