Trust me, I’m a scientist.

Why should people trust the published scientific record? Imagine this hypothetical, but potentially very real, conversation with a non-academic: 1: “This research paper has been published, and therefore is scientifically valid.” 2: “But it’s paywalled, I can’t access it. How do I know it’s valid?” 1: “Because it has been peer reviewed.” 2. “Can you […]

Innovations in peer review

Peer review is broken, but we hold the technological and social solutions to fix it. Right now. We just submitted a monster paper on the history and present diversity of peer review practices to F1000 Research. It’s available in advance here, and soon will be open to public commenting from anyone as it undergoes formal […]

Reproducible science is better science

‘Open’ is not an end result for research: it is a mechanism. A mechanism for improved transparency and accountability, for reproducibility and rigour, and efficiency and accelerated discovery. A new article by Marcus Munafò and colleagues presents a manifesto for reproducible research that highlights this, and contains substantial important reading on this topic. Enjoy! Abstract […]