Meta-research: Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices

John P A Ioannidis, Daniele Fanelli, Debbie Drake Dunne, Steven N. Goodman

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As the scientific enterprise has grown in size and diversity, we need empirical evidence on the research process to test and apply interventions that make it more efficient and its results more reliable. Meta-research is an evolving scientific discipline that aims to evaluate and improve research practices. It includes thematic areas of methods, reporting, reproducibility, evaluation, and incentives (how to do, report, verify, correct, and reward science). Much work is already done in this growing field, but efforts to-date are fragmented. We provide a map of ongoing efforts and discuss plans for connecting the multiple meta-research efforts across science worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1002264
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPLoS Biology
Volume13
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Ioannidis, J. P. A., Fanelli, D., Dunne, D. D., & Goodman, S. N. (2015). Meta-research: Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices. PLoS Biology, 13(10), 1-7. [e1002264]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002264

Meta-research : Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices. / Ioannidis, John P A; Fanelli, Daniele; Dunne, Debbie Drake; Goodman, Steven N.

In: PLoS Biology, Vol. 13, No. 10, e1002264, 02.10.2015, p. 1-7.

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Ioannidis, JPA, Fanelli, D, Dunne, DD & Goodman, SN 2015, 'Meta-research: Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices', PLoS Biology, vol. 13, no. 10, e1002264, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002264
Ioannidis, John P A ; Fanelli, Daniele ; Dunne, Debbie Drake ; Goodman, Steven N. / Meta-research : Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices. In: PLoS Biology. 2015 ; Vol. 13, No. 10. pp. 1-7.
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