Enhancing Scientific Reproducibility through Transparent Reporting – A Workshop

When: September 25, 2019 - September 26, 2019 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topic Biomedical and Health Research
Activity: Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy


Enhancing Scientific Reproducibility through Transparent Reporting

WORKSHOP ▪ Wednesday, September 25–26, 2019 


Workshop Background and Format

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) will plan and conduct a public workshop to discuss the current state of transparency in reporting biomedical research (e.g. disclosure of the availability and location of data, materials, analysis, and methodology) and to explore the possibility of improving the harmonization of guidelines across journals and funding agencies so that biomedical researchers propose and report data in a consistent manner. This workshop is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Cell Press, The Lancet, and Nature Research.

Potential topics of discussion include:

  • Efforts by journals and funders to increase transparency in proposing and reporting biomedical research
  • Journals and funders’ assessment of biomedical researchers’ adherence to reporting guidelines, including a discussion of the effectiveness of checklists
  • Consistency of reporting guidelines across journals and with funders’ requirements for rigor and transparency
  • Field-specific (e.g., immunology, neuroscience) establishment of best practices for increased transparency in reporting rigor elements
  • Establishing a database to compare reproducibility elements included in grant applications to those included in publications.

The committee will plan and organize the workshop, develop the agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate or identify moderators for the discussions. The agenda will include a panel discussion on facilitating the development of consistent guidelines (e.g. a common set of minimal reporting standards) that could be applied across journals and funders to increase transparency in proposing and reporting biomedical research.

A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.


Workshop Planning Committee Roster

  • Harvey Fineberg (chair), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Otis Brawley, Johns Hopkins University
  • Barry Coller,The Rockefeller University
  • Stuart Hoffman, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Veronique Kiermer, PLOS
  • Benedict Kolber, Duquesne University
  • Alexa McCray, Harvard Medical School
  • Jill Mesirov, UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Martin Murphy, CEO Roundtable on Cancer
  • Richard Nakamura, (Formerly) Center for Scientific Review, NIH
  • Franklin Sayre, University of Minnesota
  • Ida Sim, University of California, San Francisco
  • Valda Vinson, American Association for the Advancement of Science


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