Mona Nasser: How can research publication be improved?

The first day of the EQUATOR/REWARD conference coincided with the publication of the most recent article on reducing waste in research—“increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research: who’s listening?” The paper explores how different stakeholders responded to the call for “reducing research waste.” This initiative started with a short paper by Iain Chalmers and Paul Glasziou on avoidable waste in production of research evidence in 2009, followed by a more comprehensive series of articles in 2014. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in England is one of the key organisations which responded to the change shortly afterwards. The quick response is promising. Doug Altman, the first plenary speaker, highlighted that throughout history change happened frustratingly slowly. He quotes Drummond Rennie, who said in JAMA in 2001.

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