Reproducibility Initiative: At Last!

August 16, 2012

The progressive organizations who are committed to restoring the real practice of the Scientific Method in modern research and to bring Open Science to academic publishing unveiled yesterday an initiative that will change how research publishing works once and for all.

The players:

As a reaction to the credibility crisis of scientific publishing, where it has been found that 90% of papers are not reproducible,
together they unveiled the


Reproducibility Initiative

The initiative implements a practical and economically-sound approach for verifying the reproducibility of scientific findings.

What is it ?

“The Reproducibility Initiative is a new program to help scientists
validate studies for publication or commercialization.
Simply submit your study, and we’ll match you to one
of our 1000+ expert providers for validation.
Validations are conducted blind, on a fee-for-service basis.”

How it Works ?

“Validated studies will receive a Certificate of Reproducibility
acknowledging that their results have been independently reproduced
as part of the Reproducibility Initiative.

Researchers have the opportunity to publish the replicated results
as an independent publication in the PLOS Reproducibility Collection,
and can share their data via the figshare Reproducibility Collection repository.
The original study will also be acknowledged as independently reproduced
if published in a supporting journal.”

The Reproducibility Initiative puts together top-tier institutions and organizations that understand both the essential practices of scientific research and the value of the Internet as an unique platform for wide dissemination of scientific information. With this down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to solving the need for verification of reproducibility, the initiative makes a transformational step forwards towards restoring the true practice of the Scientific Method.

From now on, we will know that only papers carrying the Certificate of Reproducibility are worth reading and worth citing,
because in a true scientific community:

Royal Society Coat of ArmsWe don’t take anybody’s word for it…

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