Journal article

Towards open, reliable, and transparent ecology and evolutionary biology

Rose E O'Dea, Timothy H Parker, Yung En Chee, Antica Culina, Szymon M Drobniak, David H Duncan, Fiona Fidler, Elliot Gould, Malika Ihle, Clint D Kelly, Malgorzata Lagisz, Dominique G Roche, Alfredo Sanchez-Tojar, David P Wilkinson, Bonnie C Wintle, Shinichi Nakagawa

BMC BIOLOGY | BMC | Published : 2021


Unreliable research programmes waste funds, time, and even the lives of the organisms we seek to help and understand. Reducing this waste and increasing the value of scientific evidence require changing the actions of both individual researchers and the institutions they depend on for employment and promotion. While ecologists and evolutionary biologists have somewhat improved research transparency over the past decade (e.g. more data sharing), major obstacles remain. In this commentary, we lift our gaze to the horizon to imagine how researchers and institutions can clear the path towards more credible and effective research programmes.


Awarded by ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding Acknowledgements

The majority of the time spent on this comment was funded by an ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery grant (DP200100367) awarded to SN.