Lex Bouter presents his ideas on sloppy science

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Lex Bouter, one of the top epidemiologists in the country, visited RIHS on Tuesday February 9th to present his ideas on selective reporting and the replicability crisis.

Before an animated discussion with the audience of more than 100 junior and senior researchers, Lex concluded his presentation with his observation that sloppy science is a much larger evil than research misconduct. Selective reporting is a large contributor to this sloppy science and threatens validity and efficiency. He called for everyone to do something about it.

A pdf of his presentation can be found here.  


Lex Bouter is professor of Methodology and Integrity in Amsterdam. Before that he hold a chair in Epidemiology and was rector of his university. He authored 665 scientific publications, has a h-index of 105, and has supervised 73 PhD students of whom, to date, 14 became full professor. In 2017, he will organize and co-chair the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity in Amsterdam.

Key Publications

  • Bouter LM. Perverse incentives or rotten apples? Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance 2015; 22:148-161. 
  • Bouter LM. Open data is not enough to realize full transparency. J Clin Epidemiol 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.05.032. 
  • Van den Bogert CA, Souverein PC, Brekelmans CTM, Janssen SWJ, van Hunik M, Koëter GH, Leufkens HGM, Bouter LM. Occurrence and determinants of selective reporting of clinical drug trials: design and characteristics of an inception cohort study. BMJ Open 2015; 5: e007827.

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