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Principles and Guidelines for Reporting Preclinical Research

NIH held a joint workshop in June 2014 with the Nature Publishing Group and Science on the issue of reproducibility and rigor of research findings, with journal editors representing over 30 basic/preclinical science journals in which NIH-funded investigators have most often published. The workshop focused on identifying the common opportunities in the scientific publishing arena to enhance rigor and further support research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent.

The journal editors came to consensus on a set of principles to facilitate these goals, which a considerable number of journals have agreed to endorse. These principles are shown below.

A section outlining the journal’s policies for statistical analysis should be included in the Information for Authors, and the journal should have a mechanism to check the statistical accuracy of submissions.