Replicating research in ecology and evolution

feasibility, incentives, and the cost-benefit conundrum

Shinichi Nakagawa*, Timothy H. Parker

*Corresponding author for this work

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We believe that replicating studies in ecology and evolution is extremely valuable, but replication within species and systems is troublingly rare, and even `quasi-replications' in different systems are often insufficient. We make a case for supporting multiple types of replications and point out that the current incentive structure needs to change if ecologists and evolutionary biologist are to value scientific replication sufficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Article number88
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBMC Biology
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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