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March 14, 2014
Going After Poor Published Research
This should be interesting - John Ioannidis, scourge of poorly reproducible published results, is founding an institute at Stanford. The Economist has more:
They will create a “journal watch” to monitor scientific publishers’ work and to shame laggards into better behaviour. And they will spread the message to policymakers, governments and other interested parties, in an effort to stop them making decisions on the basis of flaky studies. All this in the name of the centre’s nerdishly valiant mission statement: “Identifying and minimising persistent threats to medical-research quality.”
It will be most interesting to see what comes of this. Better quality research is in everyone's best interest, to put it mildly, and I hope that this leads to some.
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