Sloppy reporting on animal studies proves hard to change

Ritskes , Merel

Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga was interviewed for an in depth paper in Science. She co-organized a roundtable in Edinburgh where scientists met with journal editors and funders such as the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust to discuss ways of speeding up implementation of the guidelines. One problem may be that ensuring compliance can take a lot of work, both for authors and journals.

In 2010, the U.K. National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) in London developed a checklist of items that any paper about in vivo research ought to include. More than 1000 scientific journals and two dozen funding agencies have endorsed the so-called ARRIVE guidelines—short for Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments. But 7 years later, studies suggest that many scientists are either unaware of the guidelines or are ignoring them.

Full paper: Sloppy reporting on animal studies proves hard to change van Martin Enserink, Science 29 Sept 2017, 357, 6358, 1337-8.

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