Research & Replication
Replication in research has become a highly contemplated and debated topic in recent years, as multiple high profile efforts to replicate research findings have resulted in low rates of success. In multiple fields, such as psychology, cancer biology, and clinical research, this problem has been branded a “reproducibility crisis” by many. However, the scope, causes, and approaches to addressing this problem remain highly debated. Interestingly, a survey of scientists across disciplines demonstrated while many scientists acknowledge problems with replication of findings exist within their field and they have often been unable to replicate others’ findings; the majority of scientists still regard the reported findings within the literature as trustworthy. Many funding agencies, including the NIH, are also grappling with the “reproducibility crisis” and proposing solutions to address the problem going forward. Join the discussion at Tea @ 3 on Thursday, October 19.
1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility: Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research by Monya Baker, Nature, 2016
Policy: NIH plans to enhance reproducibility by Francis S. Collins and Lawrence A. Tabak, Nature, 2014
Most scientists ‘can’t replicate studies by their peers’ by Tom Feilden, BBC, 2017
NPR’s Hidden Brain: Scientific Findings Often Fail to be Replicated, Researcher’s say, August 8, 2015