In this article, Jean-Antoine Girault proposed a simple change in the way scientists publish their findings to improve reliability and reproducibility of scientific results: First, scientists deposit their positive or negative results in a database [“deposited results,” (DRs)], including detailed materials, methods, raw data, analysis, and processed results. The DRs are technically reviewed and validated as “validated DRs” (vDRs) or rejected until satisfactory. vDR databases are open (after an embargo period if requested by the authors) and can later be updated by them or others with replications or replication failures, providing a comprehensive active log of scientific data. Articles, in this proposal, are then built as they currently are, except they only include vDRs as strong and open building blocks. The author argues that this approach would increase the transparency, reproducibility, and reliability of scientific publications and have additional advantages including accurate author credit, better material for evaluation, exhaustive scientific archiving, and increased openness of life science material.
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