NIH presses journals on reproducibility of studies

A group of leading medical journal editors, convened by the National Institutes of Health, last week endorsed a set of guidelines intended to tackle the widespread problem of scientific findings that cannot be replicated, writes Paul Basken for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

About 40 editors, representing journals that include Science and Nature, reached a ‘general agreement’ about what they must accept as their responsibility for ensuring the reproducibility of their published findings, said NIH Director Francis S Collins. The problem of so-called irreproducibility in science has been festering for years. A landmark moment came in 2005, when John PA Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published an analysis in PLOS Medicine concluding that most published research findings appeared to be substantially false.
Full report on The Chronicle of Higher Education site