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Fixing the reproducibility problem - could this have come from within academia?

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Up to 70% of published research cannot be replicated. Science Exchange has partnered with PLOS and Figshare to launch an innovative solution to this problem, called the Reproducibility Initiative, which facilitates and rewards scientists for seeking independent validation of results. This initiative, matches scientists with expert service providers from core facilities and contract research organisations to replicate study results. The replicated results can then be published in PLOS ONE and linked back to the publication of the original study. This initiative has the support of Nature Publishing Group and Rockefeller University Press. Scientists can submit their study for validation at:

The Reproducibility Initiative was instigated by scientists who have worked in academia but are now part of Industry. The question is, could something like this have been started within the academic community?

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  • August 22, 2012
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