Reading Materials

  • Replication challenges
    The ability to test validity by replicating experiments and comparing results is a cornerstone of science.
  • Reproducibility and Replicability in Science
    When a scientific effort fails to independently confirm the computations or results of a previous study, some fear that it may be a symptom of a lack of rigor in science, while others argue that such an observed inconsistency can be an important precursor to new discovery.
  • Scientific misconduct and accountability in teams
    Increasing complexity and multidisciplinarity make collaboration essential for modern science. This, however, raises the question of how to assign accountability for scientific misconduct among larger teams of authors.
  • Impact Factors: Payment by results
    A number of countries and institutions are now rewarding researchers based directly on the journals in which they publish, fuelling fears that academia’s unhealthy obsession with publication metrics is worsening.
  • Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs
    These rules are directed towards existing and future principal investigators (PIs) but will be of interest to anyone working in a research lab and/or dealing with how to improve working conditions for scientists.
  • Case Reports of Pre-clinical Replication Studies in Metabolism and Diabetes
    Presenting several case reports, we highlight examples with common underlying issues from Novo Nordisk’s experience: animal model variability, reagent quality, and inter-lab variability. We discuss means to prevent these issues and argue for increased collaborative work and transparent manuscript revision procedures.
  • Reproducibility: let’s get it right from the start 
    Nature Communications will be setting a higher standard of data reporting for papers under peer review. We believe that sharing raw data at an early stage with editors and reviewers is the best way to build confidence in the reproducibility of your findings.
  • How to grow a healthy lab
    In this special issue, Nature explores how the working environment shapes research quality and morale — and what can be done to strengthen the research enterprise.