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Meta-Research

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. 

Meta-research: Evaluation and Improvement of Research Methods and Practices

John P. A. Ioannidis, Daniele Fanelli, Debbie Drake Dunne, Steven N. Goodman

PLOS Biology: 2 October 2015



 

Meta-Research: Methods

 


 

Meta-Research: Reporting

 


 

Meta-Research: Sources of Bias

 


 

Meta-Research: Reproducibility

 


 

Meta-Research: Evaluation and Scientometrics

 


 

Meta-Research: Policy and Interventions

 


 

Meta-Research: Tools for Improving Biomedical Research