NIH launches strategy to promote reproducibility of published research

June 9, 2014

A group of approximately 40 medical journal editors have given their approval to a set of guidelines that would emphasize the reproducibility of published findings. The meeting was convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If adopted, the guidelines could bring significant changes to many scientific journals. The new guidelines are just one part of a multifaceted strategy being undertaken by the NIH to help improve the reliability of scientific findings. Next month, NIH Director Francis S Collins will also meet representatives of the pharmaceutical industry to gather opinions on how to improve reproducibility in research. He also intends to press the industry to be more transparent in their own research and make available scientific findings that did not produce a desired result. The NIH is also making changes to its own granting processes that will privilege the quality, rather than the quantity, of applicants’ work. The Chronicle of Higher Education