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To teach scientific reproducibility, start young
February 28, 2014
In the wake of retraction scandals and studies showing reproducibility rates as low as 10 percent for peer-reviewed articles, the scientific community has focused attention on ways to improve transparency and duplication. A team of math and statistics professors from Amherst College, Duke University and Smith College has proposed a way to address one root of that problem: Teach and emphasize reproducibility to aspiring scientists.
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