There is not a “crisis of reproducibility”, there is a crisis of “research waste”

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The 2017 to 2019 Inquiry into Research Integrity (and Clinical Trials Transparency) was a land mark moment for UK science. These influential reports catalysed actions that have led to improvements in key areas such as clinical trial registration and the attention paid to research integrity especially by UKRI and Universities. However, this inquiry was certainly not the last word on the issue. Research is still subject to complex social, political and cultural pressures, and “85% of research is wasted because it asks the wrong questions, is badly designed, not published or poorly reported”. The consequence of continuing research waste is the production of unreliable data which is difficult or impossible to reproduce. It is important that the Reproducibility problem highlighted by this new Inquiry is seen in the wider context of ongoing efforts to identify and address the larger systemic problem of Research Waste.
Original languageEnglish
TypeSelect Committee Report
Media of outputOnline
PublisherScience and Technology Committee (Commons)
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021


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