Scientific results are often not reproducible, polished or not even published. How can we maintain and improve good scientific practice?
We should create awareness for the non-reproducibility-topic. A pillar for improvements would be an intense mentoring of young scientists by the PI. Master and PhD thesis should normally start by reproducing experiments they want to build their work on; this reproduction should be published and recognized. To improve the publication system, we should have full PhD theses instead of paper theses; including negative results. The thesis should be public and searchable. The broadest possible solution: All scientific work is published in one journal only; all researchers have the right to publish the same limited number of articles per year. The peer review could shift from pre- to postpublication.
After the workshop, the following issues were additionally raised:
Workshop held at the congress «We Scientists Shape Science», January 2017, Bern. Conclusions are based on the debate in the workshop and on online comments by the participants.