Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Reproducibility Initiatives in Heart, Lung and Blood Research

Scientists feel tremendous pressure to publish numerous scientific papers in order to receive NIH funding and tenure at academic institutions. Cognitive biases of scientists and publication biases of journals that publish this barrage of papers will likely result in the publication of findings that are probably not reproducible (see "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False" by John P. A. Ioannidis in PLOS Medicine 2005).


Helping the scientific community identify which findings are reproducible and which aren't is critical for the long-term success of the biomedical research enterprise. There are few incentives and even fewer resources currently available to support research that verifies reproducibility.

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Idea No. 857