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Understanding and tackling the reproducibility crisis - Why we need to study scientists’ trust in data

Calnan, Michael .W., Kirchin, Simon T., Roberts, David L., Wass, Mark N., Michaelis, Martin (2023) Understanding and tackling the reproducibility crisis - Why we need to study scientists’ trust in data. Pharmacological Research, 199 . Article Number 107043. (doi:10.1016/j.phrs.2023.107043) (KAR id:104348)


In the life sciences, there is an ongoing discussion about a perceived ‘reproducibility crisis’. However, it remains unclear to which extent the perceived lack of reproducibility is the consequence of issues that can be tackled and to which extent it may be the consequence of unrealistic expectations of the technical level of reproducibility. Large-scale, multi-institutional experimental replication studies are very cost- and time-intensive. This Perspective suggests an alternative, complementary approach: meta-research using sociological and philosophical methodologies to examine researcher trust in data. An improved understanding of the criteria used by researchers to judge data reliability will provide crucial, initial evidence on the actual scale of the reproducibility crisis and on measures to tackle it.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.phrs.2023.107043
Uncontrolled keywords: Reproducibility; life sciences; trust; scientific data
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 17:05 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 04:51 UTC
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