Article: The Need for Reproducibility in Academic Research

April 8, 2012

…We need to address the lack of reproducibility in preclinical academic research. There is widespread agreement that infrastructural changes are needed to create incentives that promote collaboration and reproducibility of preclinical academic research (see the 2010 Yale Law School Round Table report or C. Glenn Begley and Lee M. Ellisâ recent Nature paper). Any new set of incentives should focus, in part, on the funding agencies and journal publications that support academic research. For instance:

Funding agencies should allocate some proportion of a grant to allow research groups to include independent replication in their project work flow.

Journal editors should encourage independent replication of key results prior to publication.

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