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New Journal Focused on Reproducibility

September 18, 2019

Cambridge University Press is launching a new open-access journal to help address science’s reproducibility issues and glacial peer-review timelines. Experimental Results, announced today, gives researchers a “place to publish valid, standalone experimental results, regardless of whether those results are novel, inconclusive, negative or supplementary to other published work,” according to the press. It will also publish work about attempts to reproduce previously published experiments.

As for peer review, the journal will publish reviewers’ names and reviews to make the process more transparent. It plans to offer reviewers scorecards to make reviewing articles easier. Submissions are open here. Fiona Hutton, an open-access publishing official at the press and a former cancer researcher, said in a statement that scholarly communication “isn’t really reflective of the research process, because the focus is on publishing a concise narrative.” The reality, however, she said, is that “research results are often confusing, inconclusive or don’t fit a narrative” and are “damaged when the focus becomes the research paper rather than the research output itself.”

Digital Science and Ripeta also recently released a report on the importance of falsifiability and reproducibility in scientific research. Papers should be a “route” to test and recreate the research carried out, the analysis says. And while not all research materials need to be accessible, "achieving adequate transparency is essential to reproducibility."

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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