The Reproducibility Initiative


Palo Alto, California – August 14, 2012 – Science Exchange, in partnership with the open-access publisher PLOS and open data repository figshare, announced today the launch of the Reproducibility Initiative ( – a new program to help scientists, institutions and funding agencies validate their critical research findings. “In the last year, problems in reproducing academic […]

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Experience that led to Science Exchange featured in Science magazine


Science magazine recently published a short article by Science Exchange Founder & CEO Elizabeth Iorns outlining a specific experience that changed her career goals. Elizabeth’s article documents her first experience with the systematic bias against reproducibility in the academic research world, which led ultimately to the creation of Science Exchange. The article is copied below: During the first year […]

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Response to New York Times article on research reproducibility


Earlier today the New York Times posted an article about the retraction of non-reproducible research (“A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform“). It’s great to see the New York Times publicize this issue, which was also the focus of a recent blog post I wrote on the lack of reproducibility in research. In that post I provided […]

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The Need for Reproducibility in Academic Research


Reproducibility, the ability to replicate or reproduce experimental results, is one of the major tenets of the scientific method. However, in the case of academic preclinical research, reproducibility (or more accurately the lack of reproducibility) has become a significant problem. An increasing number of reports have found discrepancies in published preclinical studies across scientific disciplines. […]

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