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This past week, the American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in Boston. At this meeting, AAAS held a session on the prospects for science policy under the Trump administration. Experts on federal science and energy policy shared perspectives on how the new administration will support scientific research. These experts indicated that while the role of science informing policy has never been more important, government support for scientific research has never been more uncertain.
In order to reduce the plethora of false positive results, while still maintaining experimental efficiency and creativity, bold ideas are needed. In Nature, Jeffrey S. Mogil, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Malcom R. Macleod, a clinical neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh, UK, proposed a new type of publication incorporates an independent, statistically rigorous confirmation of a researcher’s central hypothesis. Mogil and Macleod hope to find a compromise between the need to trust conclusions in published papers and the freedom for basic scientists to explore and innovate.
No publication without confirmation (Nature)