NAS Launches New Report: “The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science”

Apr 17, 2018 |  NAS

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NAS Launches New Report: “The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science”

Apr 17, 2018 | 


Today is the launch of NAS's newest report by David Randall and Christopher Welser. The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science: Causes, Consequences, and the Road to Reform examines the different aspects of the reproducibility crisis of modern science. Our goal is to bring the reproducibility crisis to the forefront of public awareness and to call on policymakers to take effective steps to address it. We also include a series of policy recommendations, scientific and political, for alleviating the reproducibility crisis. 

NAS was founded on, and continues to be guided by the idea that the pursuit of truth is the highest purpose of scholarly work. Civil and open debate is how we best pursue truth. We see this report as a first word on the crisis - not the last, and we wholeheartedly invite comments and responses to our report. We desire open debate about this issue and welcome submissions - agree or disagree with us - for publication on our website. If you are interested in submitting a formal comment for publication, please email

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area today, April 17, please stop by our launch event. It will be held in room 2318 in the Rayburn House Office Building from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. More details and registration here. Speakers include the two co-authors, NAS Director of Research David Randall, NAS Research Associate Christopher Welser, and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who is the Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology committee.

Lastly, NAS President Peter Wood and David Randall have an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal about the report. Please note that the article is behind a paywall.


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Michel Krief

| April 19, 2018 - 4:54 AM

Refusing to accept work using the verb ‘may’ would eliminate much of the fantasy presented as scientific work.

ROBERT Jacqques

| April 29, 2018 - 4:54 AM

I am a scientist in atomic and molecular physics. I do agree with what I read in “reproductibility and…” In physics we have the bias of the state of the art theory versus experimental results. In that respect few results are really new but are sold by a refinement of language elements. So we are confronted with the Pauli remark : ” it is not even false” which in a certain sense is worse because it prevents to get definitive statements relative to a definite frame of knowledge. Science is not a faith and we have not to be true believers of what we pretend to know. We had a big problem when people without much check, and with one experimental device, claim that it was possible that neutrinos where faster than light. Also most of quotations of “the masters” are not read with respect of the context where they have been expressed.

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Sarah Richardson

| December 09, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Education definitely seems to be a component of the crisis. It’s problematic that some progressive advocates seem to want people to just ‘believe’ in particular scientific conclusions as articles of faith. Source