Metrics News

  • Over the past decade, scientists have increasingly become ashamed at the failings of their own profession: due to a lack of self-policing and quality control, a large proportion of studies have not been replicable, scientific frauds have flourished for years without being caught, and the pressure to publish novel findings—instead of simply good science—has become the commanding mantra.
  • What do we Mean by “Reproducibility”?

    Sep 20, 2016
    STATS.org

    By:
    Stephanie Wykstra
    There’s been a lot of discussion across many scientific fields about the “reproducibility crisis” in the past few years.
  • John Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford University and one of the most highly cited researchers in the world, has come up with some startling figures about meta-analyses. His new paper, published today in Milbank Quarterly (accompanied by this commentary), suggests that the number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in literature have each increased by more than 2500% since 1991.
  • Let’s Make Peer Review Scientific

    Jul 06, 2016
    Nature Comment

    By:
    Authors: Drummond Rennie
    Thirty years on from the first congress on peer review, Drummond Rennie reflects on the improvements brought about by research into the process — and calls for more.
  • In a new paper with a provocative title, “Why most clinical research is not useful,” John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, makes the case that despite its name, much research that aims to improve outcomes in the clinic falls short, in part, because it isn’t designed to lead “to a favorable change in decision making… either by itself or when integrated with other studies and evidence.”