Reproducibility

In praise of open research measures

Article metrics

Subjects

On behalf of the Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance (DELSA Global), we applaud the significant, timely steps Nature is taking to ensure reproducibility and transparency in life-sciences articles (Nature 496, 398; 2013 and go.nature.com/oloeip).

We discussed Nature's Reporting Checklist for Life Sciences at our annual workshop last month (see www.delsaglobal.org). By encouraging researchers to make their data and metadata available, and to clarify their analysis methods, the checklist will help to prevent mistakes from being propagated and resources from being wasted on dead-end experiments.

This is important in an era of tight funding and limited training in the quantitative aspects of research, both of which inhibit confirmatory experimentation. In addressing the veracity of data as well as the reliability and reproducibility of research, Nature's checklist will stimulate the transformation of data into knowledge, action and outcomes.

Scientific advances need strong public support to make a difference, and your policies constitute an important step in preserving public trust in science. The checklist can act as a useful template for development by publishers, federal agencies, funders, research organizations, societies and communities.

Author information

Correspondence to Eugene Kolker.

Supplementary information

Supplementary Information (PDF 213 kb)

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Further reading

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.