Meta-research and Innovation in how research is verified
Meta-Research in the area of Reproducibility aims at deepening our understanding of what is and what determines the reproducibility of a study and scientific self-correction. Studies in this area may include:
- Directly assessing the reproducibility and replicability of results
- Identifying factors predicting the reproducibility of a study, including the prevalence of questionable scientific practices
- Measuring prevalence, compliance and effectiveness of transparency policies and practices for sharing data and methods
- Assessing the prevalence, causes and consequences of corrections and retractions of the scientific literature
Innovation seeks to improve replication and self-correction and to increase the reliability of published results, for example by:
- Developing new theoretical and empirical methods to estimate the false-positive rate and the reproducibility of findings
- Improving the reproducibility of research, for example by developing new policies and practical tools to share data and methods
- Bolstering scientific self correction through better ways to communicate or recognize retractions or corrections
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