1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility

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Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research.

by Monya Baker

More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, and more than half have failed to reproduce their own experiments. Those are some of the telling figures that emerged from Nature‘s survey of 1,576 researchers who took a brief online questionnaire on reproducibility in research.

The data reveal sometimes-contradictory attitudes towards reproducibility. Although 52% of those surveyed agree that there is a significant ‘crisis’ of reproducibility, less than 31% think that failure to reproduce published results means that the result is probably wrong, and most say that they still trust the published literature.

Data on how much of the scientific literature is reproducible are rare and generally bleak. The best-known analyses, from psychology1 and cancer biology2, found rates of around 40% and 10%, respectively. Our survey respondents were more…

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2 thoughts on “1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility

  1. thetinfoilhatsociety 05/30/2016 / 1:43 PM

    Bias is rampant as well. When I was in my bachelors and my masters programs I was required to take classes on evaluating research. I became so disillusioned that I finally decided it was just easier to see who funded the research and I would know what the results would be – it’s that bad. Especially with pharmaceutical drug trials. They’re mostly a joke.

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