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Reproducibility Focus

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is examining issues of reproducibility in science, Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch writes.

Reproducibility has been a much-discussed issue lately as the US National Institutes of Health has said that it is putting together a training module on enhancing reproducibility and transparency, and it has teamed up with a number of journals to develop guidelines aimed at addressing the reproducibility issue. Additionally, a team from Science Exchange and the Center for Open Science is aiming to replicate findings from 50 preclinical cancer studies as part of its Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology.

The OSTP is seeking comment on how the federal government can address the issue of research irreproducibility. "Given recent evidence of the irreproducibility of a surprising number of published scientific findings, how can the Federal Government leverage its role as a significant funder of scientific research to most effectively address the problem?" says a notice from the OSTP and the National Economic Council in the Federal Register.

The deadline to contribute comments, Oransky notes, is September 23rd.