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To Have Practical Relevance, Scientific Claims Need to be Accurate

For all different stakeholders within the scientific community (researchers, reviewers, editors, policymakers, funding agencies, journalists, and the general public) it is important that scientific claims are as accurate as possible. However, there is increasing evidence questioning the robustness and accuracy of social and biomedical research outcomes. In this article, Rolf Zwaan and Anita Eerland have identified several prevalent threats to research accuracy. The authors discuss ways in which these threats can be removed or minimized. In addition, the authors suggest how different stakeholders can contribute to make science more accurate and thus more practically relevant.

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