Tuesday 22 May 2018

Trust, Truth and Scholarly Publishing: The reproducibility opportunity


Date and Time

22 May 2018, Online at 10:00-11:00 EDT (New York), 15:00-16:00 BST (UK), 16:00-17:00 CEST (Central Europe)

*Please note: if you are unable to join the webinar(s), you may register and receive a recording for viewing at a time to suit you.

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Truth can sometimes be taken for granted in academic research: the use of a scientific framework to test a concept, followed by publication of the results in a peer-reviewed article, mean the output is often assumed to be right without further verification. But when attempts are made to replicate a study, it can be difficult to attain the same results and, when stories of research being irreproducible reach the general public, confidence in scientific rigour can be undermined. So, what can be done to combat irreproducibility? This webinar will outline the challenges and look at what can be done to address them, including new ways to support transparent research and replication studies.

This is the second in the series of the Trust, Truth and Scholarly Publishing webinars. Others in the series are Publishing without Perishing on 26 April and Public engagement with scholarly research on 27 June.  Member discount available for booking all three!


Rachel Tsui, PhD;  Science Exchange;  Strategic Account Director 
Any researcher will be able to share their frustrations and difficulties in reproducing studies that other people have conducted. Because therapeutic drug development often starts with findings in primary literature, the cost of irreproducible findings is very high for many of these drugs that fail at various points in their development life cycle. Science Exchange has been involved in many reproducibility projects, including the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology and the PCF Movember Foundation Reproducibility. Our initial results show that by using the Science Exchange network, there is a mechanism for researchers to conduct replication studies efficiently and that these reproducibility projects will be able to offer insights into the time and cost of conducting replication studies. 

Chris Chambers, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cardiff University
An Introduction to the Registered Reports article type in which submissions are peer reviewed and accepted for publication before results are known

Who should attend

Those interested in research integrity including Publishers and other editorial staff; policy makers.

Chair and Speakers

Chair: Catriona Fennell, Director of Publishing Services, Elsevier
Catriona Fennell pictureFollowing graduation from the National University of Galway, Ireland, Catriona joined Elsevier as a Journal Manager in 1999. She later had the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of peer review while supporting and training hundreds of editors during the introduction of Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Since then, she has worked in various management roles in STM Journals Publishing, and as Director of Publishing Services, she is now responsible for its publishing integrity and reproducibility programs.

Rachel Tsui, PhD, Strategic Account Director, Science Exchange 
Rachel Tsui PictureRachel is passionate about making scientific research more accessible and efficient. She has 8+ years in research experience, with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UC San Diego, focusing on both signal transduction and computational biochemistry, and a BA in Chemistry from Boston University. Currently Rachel collaborates with procurement and R&D leadership to optimize research outsourcing through Science Exchange. Before Science Exchange, Rachel worked as a sales and marketing consultant in the pharmaceutical and healthcare space for ZS Associates, with a focus on marketing strategy for pipeline and launched oncology drugs. While not at work, Rachel enjoys running marathons and traveling. 

Chris Chambers, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cardiff University
Chris Chambers PictureChris is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Cardiff University, chair of the Registered Reports committee at the Center for Open Science and editor for Registered Reports at Cortex, European Journal of Neuroscience, Royal Society Open Science, Collabra: Psychology, and BMJ Open Science. His academic interests include the cognitive neuroscience of self control, the promotion of open science initiatives to improve transparency and reproducibility of research, and ways to foster better communication of science in the media and in evidence-based public policy. He is also a member of the Guardian Science blog network where he contributes to the psychology blog, Headquarters.

Registration and booking

Member Offer! Book all three and you will get the 3rd half price. See overview of all three. 
ALPSP Members    £60 + VAT per person, per webinar
Non-Member         £100 + VAT per person, per webinar

For all enquiries please contact: Melissa Marshall
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