Lab animals in the replication crisis

If the variability of lab animals contributes to the failure to replicate experiments, should this lead to further standardisation? The microbiome can significantly affect experimental results and this presents an interesting challenge. A perspective from philosophy of science offers clarification and investigates the alternative avenue of embracing variation. Our new publication is a close cooperation with biomedical researchers.

Witjes, Vera, Annemarie Boleij, & Halffman, W. (2020). The Microbiome of Laboratory Mice: Reducing versus Embracing Variation, Animals, 10(12), 2415. doi: 10.3390/ani10122415.

Chinese Scholarly Publishing.

Scientific publishing in China is differs from international scientific publishing: journal licenses are restricted, administrative control is complex and cumbersome, but the system is far less oligopolistic. Our overview is out in Learned Publishing.
Wang, J., Halffman, W., & Zwart, H. (2020). The Chinese scientific publication system: Specific features, specific challenges. Learned Publishing, n/a(n/a). doi: 10.1002/leap.1326

Positief zijn

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Ik vind het best moeilijk om “positief te zijn” als ik het over het wetenschappelijke publicatiesysteem heb. Want de verhalen over wat er zoal mis gaat zijn wel erg bizar af en toe. Mijn column in Vox.

Can journals improve validity?

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Journal guidelines improve, but do not fix the problem of antibody validation. (Easy compliance through identifying information improves, but actual experimental validation is slow.)
See our analysis in a publication in PeerJ:

Hoek, J. M., Hepkema, W. M., & Halffman, W. (2020). The effect of journal guidelines on the reporting of antibody validation. PeerJ, 8, e9300. doi:10.7717/peerj.9300

The Platform for Responsible Journals announced in Learned Publishing.

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Editorial procedures, including peer review, could do with some more transparency and better documentation. Our article inΒ Learned PublishingΒ explains how our Platform for Responsible Journals could help.

Horbach, S. P. J. M., Hepkema, W. M., & Halffman, W. (2020). The Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies: An Initiative to foster Transparency in Scholarly Publishing. Learned Publishing. doi: 10.1002/leap.1312

Research integrity and power

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New publication:

Horbach SPJM, Breit E, Halffman W, Mamelund S-E: On the Willingness to Report and the Consequences of Reporting Research Misconduct: The Role of Power Relations. Science and Engineering Ethics 2020.

http://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-020-00202-8

Empirical investigation of how researchers claim their reporting of misconduct cases was affect by power relations, based on the survey conducted by the PRINTEGER project. Produced in cooperation with our Norwegian partners.