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The Reproducibility Project Needs Help Evaluating Scientific Research

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Author: ‚ÄčElizabeth Iorns, Stephen Williams, Nicole Perfito, Tim Errington | Category: Research Integrity | June 14, 2016

What is the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology? 

There has been a lot of discussion and attention on reproducibility in science. 

To try and overcome this issue, particularly for cancer research, the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology is recruiting scientists in biomedical research to help replicate selected results from a substantial number of high-profile papers in the field of cancer biology.

The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology (RP:CB) is a collaboration between the Center for Open Science and Science Exchange. The project uses a transparent and open methodology to examine reproducibility and will result in a dataset that will provide evidence about reproducibility in cancer biology, and an opportunity to identify factors that influence reproducibility more generally. 

For each Replication Study, a Registered Report detailing the proposed experimental designs, protocols, samples sizes, and analysis plans for the replications is peer reviewed and published prior to data collection through a partnership with the open-access journal eLife.

The results of these experiments will be published as a Replication Study by eLife and will contain all data, analyses, detailed descriptions of all procedures, and any deviations that may have occurred from the Registered Report during the experimental phase.

How can I help? 

They are recruiting scientists in biomedical research to review the results of the replications and give their subjective opinion of whether the original result was successfully replicated.

 A formal survey will be available before the replication results are made public.  The project is still ongoing, so it might be a few weeks, months, or sometime next year when a survey becomes available. 

If interested, view the active replications and go to https://cos.io/rpcb/ to register for the subjective assessment.

This article was edited from the original article on BioMed Central



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