Institutions Encouraged to Publish Null Results


Improving the Trustworthiness, Usefulness, and Ethics of Biomedical Research through an Innovative and Comprehensive Institutional Initiative

An open science center based in Berlin recently published its experiences, approaches, and recommendations for institutions (as opposed to individual scientists) to create initiatives that improve rigor, reproducibility, and transparency in biomedical research. One such initiative pays researchers €1,000 to publish their null results.

The Berlin Institute of Health’s QUEST (Quality-Ethics-Open Science-Translation) Center seeks to increase the likelihood that research conducted at large academic medical centers is trustworthy, useful for scientists and society, and ethical. Can “science of science” studies reveal the problems with standard practices and lead to the development of targeted solutions?

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