Striving for better research: Transparency, reproducibility, robustness

Transparency, reproducibility, and robustness… These are central concepts to undertaking thorough research that, importantly, can be replicated or reliably used by the broader field of science to advance medicine… or whatever field it is that we choose to dabble in.

The world’s most influential (i.e. ‘highly cited’) scientific journal Nature, with its impact factor of no less than 38.597 (Thomson Reuters, 2013), has drawn light to “the worrying extent” to which our research “have been found wanting” in terms of reproducibility.

It’s an interesting idea. While our research may be robust enough to pass the test of a reviewer, does it ensure sufficient transparency for reproducibility? And if indeed it’s not reproducible, how can we ever know it’s false?

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