Incomplete or imprecise reporting of life sciences research contributes to challenges with reproducibility, replicability, and biomedical applications. For the last three years, a group of journal editors and researchers have been working together to develop a new framework for transparent reporting of life sciences research. This framework has just been published in PNAS.
The MDAR Framework establishes the four domains – research Materials, Design, Analysis, and Reporting – in which a set of basic minimum requirements as well as best practice recommendations are defined.
The MDAR Framework aims to complement existing tools, such as the ARRIVE guidelines, guidance from FAIRSharing, and the EQUATOR Network, and to improve reporting to drive research improvement and ultimately greater trust in science.