We call for a commitment to ethical reproducibility in biomedical research that would require detailed reporting of research-ethics methods in published scientific reports. We see this as an essential complement to scientific reproducibility.
The current ethics-review system does not make information openly available (282–291; 2004). Furthermore, the only explicit guidelines for ethics reporting are those issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in its 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts'. Few papers actually follow these (718–723; 2006). et al. J. Med. Ethics 32,et al. Ann. Intern. Med. 141,
Incorporating details of research-ethics methods into biomedical papers as standard procedure will promote efficient, cost-effective ethics practices and improve the credibility and accountability of research.