Making research more useful: minimal reporting standards for life scientists

By Malcolm Macleod (@Maclomaclee) As researchers, we hope that our research findings are useful – that they inform future research, or lead to changes in policy or practice. Different research designs provide different levels of proof, with experimental evidence generally providing better evidence than observational studies. Even within research designs, there are factors which might […]

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Why standardisation threatens reproducibility

BMJ Open Science encourages a number of initiatives to help the work that we publish be reproducible such as pre-submission manuscript checking, encouraging reporting guidelines, and asking authors to report the strengths and limitations of their experiments. However, reproducibility should also be considered at the study design stage. A recent study1 based on extensive preclinical data […]

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