Reproducibility and research integrity: the role of scientists and institutions

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Commentary
Reproducibility and research integrity: the role of scientists and institutions
Authors: Patrick Diaba-Nuhoho and Michael Amponsah-Offeh
Citation: BMC Research Notes 2021 14:451
Published on: 14 December 2021
Abstract
Reproducibility and research integrity are essential tenets of every scientific study and discovery. They serve as proof that an established and documented work can be verified, repeated, and reproduced. New knowledge in the biomedical science is built on the shoulders of established and proven principles. Thus, scientists must be able to trust and build on the knowledge of their colleagues. Scientific innovation and research discoveries especially in the field of medicine has contributed to improving the lives of patients and increasing life expectancies. However, the growing concerns of failure to comply with good scientific principles has resulted in issues with research integrity and reproducibility. Poor reproducibility and integrity, therefore, may lead to ineffective interventions and applications. Here we comment on research reproducibility in basic medical and life sciences with regards to issues arising and outline the role of stakeholders such as research institutions and their employees in addressing this crisis.