April 19, 2019

Research Article: “Knowledge and Attitudes Among Life Scientists Towards Reproducibility Within Journal Articles” (Preprint)

The following preprint was recently shared on bioRxiv.

Title

Knowledge and Attitudes Among Life Scientists Towards Reproducibility Within Journal Article (Preprint)

Authors

Evanthia Kaimaklioti Samota
University of East Anglia / Earlham Institute

Robert P. Davey
Earlham Institute

Source

bioRxiv
Posted March 20, 2019
DOI: 10.1101/581033

Abstract

We constructed a survey to understand how authors and scientists view the issues around reproducibility, and how solutions such as interactive figures could enable the reproducibility of experiments from within a research article. This manuscript reports the results of this survey on the views of 251 researchers, including authors who have published in eLIFE Sciences, and those who work at the Norwich Biosciences Institutes (NBI). The survey also outlines to what extent researchers are occupied with reproducing experiments themselves and what are their desirable features of an interactive figure. Respondents considered various features for an interactive figure within a research article that would allow for them to better understand and reproduce in situ the experiment presented in the figure. Respondents said that the most important element that would enable the better reproducibility of published research would be that authors describe methods and analyses in detail. The respondents believe that having an interactive figures in published papers is a beneficial element. Whilst interactive figures are potential solutions for demonstrating technical reproducibility, we find that there are equally pressing cultural demands on researchers that need to be addressed to achieve greater success in reproducibility in the life sciences.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
23 pages; PDF.

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