The new UK Reproducibility Network aims to support good science at scale
In September, researchers including Professor Munafò of the University of Bristol launched the UK reproducibility network, at an event which brought together representatives from some of the UK’s major research funders, scientific publishers and other key stakeholders.
The network aims to build local networks in higher education and research institutions throughout the UK to coordinate peer-led efforts towards the adoption of initiatives that will improve the rigor and reliability of UK-led research.
In their widely discussed article ‘A manifesto for reproducible science’, Professor Munafò and colleagues discuss the big threats to this endeavour and propose a series of measures to mitigate these threats. This, they argue, can only be done by optimising the key elements of the scientific process: methods, reporting and dissemination, reproducibility, evaluation and incentives.
The network sees its role in helping to better understand the factors that influence research reproducibility, advocating for the adoption of initiatives such as open research practices and in providing training, disseminating better practice and engaging with stakeholders.
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Munafò, Marcus R., Brian A. Nosek, Dorothy V. M. Bishop, Katherine S. Button, Christopher D. Chambers, Nathalie Percie du Sert, Uri Simonsohn, Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Jennifer J. Ware, and John P. A. Ioannidis. ‘A Manifesto for Reproducible Science’. Nature Human Behaviour 1, no. 1 (January 2017): 0021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-016-0021.