Reproducible research: Moving toward research the public can really trust

Christine Laine, Steven N. Goodman, Michael E. Griswold, Harold C. Sox

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A community of scientists arrives at the truth by independently verifying new observations. In this time-honored process, journals serve 2 principal functions: evaluative and editorial. In their evaluative function, they winnow out research that is unlikely to stand up to independent verification; this task is accomplished by peer review. In their editorial function, they try to ensure transparent (by which we mean clear, complete, and unambiguous) and objective descriptions of the research. Both the evaluative and editorial functions go largely unnoticed by the public - the former only draws public attention when a journal publishes fraudulent research. However, both play a critical role in the progress of science. This paper is about both functions. We describe the evaluative processes we use and announce a new policy to help the scientific community evaluate, and build upon, the research findings that we publish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-453
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 6 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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