Low reproducibility rates have undermined trust in the scientific enterprise. Meta-research, or the scientific study of research practices, is an emerging field that aims to characterize existing standards and ultimately improve the quality and reliability of scientific research. To mark the launch of a new data-driven meta-research section in PLOS Biology we collect here some meta-research ‘classics’, as well as some of the most recent offerings, across PLOS. These articles highlight key issues that hinder the scientific effort and offer ways to improve research practices.
John P. A. Ioannidis, Daniele Fanelli, Debbie Drake Dunne, Steven N. Goodman
PLOS Biology: 2 October 2015