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Research Integrity Archive

2016 Laura and John Arnold Foundation Annual Report

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation today issued its 2016 Annual Report, “Reforming Systems to Improve Lives.” The report explains that LJAF’s approach to philanthropy is focused on identifying effective, sustainable solutions that address the root causes of a problem. Laura and John Arnold stated that this approach has begun to demonstrate success in several … Read More

Why journalists should stop publishing studies conducted with mice

On a near-daily basis, the public is bombarded with news headlines announcing the latest “breakthrough” findings related to cancer, obesity, psychological disorders, and so on. Here are just a few examples from the past couple of years: “High fat/low carb diet could help treat schizophrenia” (Yahoo News) “A 12-Hour Window for a Healthy Weight” (New … Read More

Important lessons about reproducibility in science

For over three years now, we at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) have been thinking about the problem of reproducibility in science. One of our first efforts was to launch the Center for Open Science (COS). This afternoon, a flagship COS project, the Reproducibility Project in Psychology, published its findings in Science. The … Read More

A misleading chart on organ donation rates

One of the most famous graphs in the behavioral economics community—from Johnson & Goldstein’s 2003 paper in Science—depicts the rates at which people in various countries consent to donate their organs. It shows that consent rates are dramatically lower in countries that require people to opt-in to donate, as opposed to those that automatically register … Read More

Why government needs more randomized controlled trials: Refuting the myths

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today released a policy brief focused on the value and benefits of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Such trials are widely recognized as the gold standard in scientific research. However, some critics have claimed that they are often expensive, time-consuming, unethical, or not worth the trouble. These objections are almost … Read More