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
Activities: Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, National Cancer Policy Forum, Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Enhancing Scientific Reproducibility through Transparent Reporting

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WORKSHOP ▪ Wednesday, September 25–26, 2019 


Workshop Background and Format

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is convening a public workshop to discuss the current state of transparency in reporting pre-clinical 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.


  • Highlight current efforts by researchers, institutions, funders, and journals to increase transparency in proposing and reporting pre-clinical biomedical research;
  • Discuss journal and funder assessments of researchers’ adherence to reporting guidelines, including a discussion of the effectiveness of checklists;
  • Consider lessons learned from field-specific best practices for increased transparency in reporting rigor elements (i.e., research design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results) that are generalizable across biomedical research domains;
  • Discuss opportunities for improving the consistency of reporting guidelines and requirements for rigor and transparency by journals, funders, and institutions across the biomedical research lifecycle; and
  • Consider approaches to compare reporting of rigor elements proposed 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, Thompson Rivers University
  • Ida Sim, University of California, San Francisco
  • Valda Vinson, Science


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RELATED EVENTThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a Symposium on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps on September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The symposium will explore some of the main topics of the recently released report Reproducibility and Replicability in Science and will discuss next steps towards improving research and how different audiences can gain confidence in scientific results. The symposium is chaired by Harvey Fineberg (President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


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