More on Publication Bias – This Time in Laboratory Science

Attempts to replicate studies, even those published in Nature, fail to replicate the original results more often than you might think. Well the CLAHRC WM Director was surprised that in some reports, nearly half of original studies could not be replicated. Yet it is hard to publish these iconoclastic studies. So a past editor of Science, along with others, have started a new online journal to mitigate this problem – “Preclinical Reproducibility and Robustness”. They aim “to help improve the self-correcting nature of science to benefit society as a whole, including those of us trying to create new medicines.”[1]

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director


  1. Kaiser J. If you Fail to Reproduce Another Scientist’s Results, this Journal Wants to Know. Science Magazine. 2016.

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