Science Forum: A survey of research quality in core facilities
Core facilities are an effective way of making expensive experimental equipment available to a large number of researchers, and are thus well placed to contribute to efforts to promote good research practices. Here we report the results of a survey that asked core facilities in Europe about their approaches to the promotion of good research practices, and about their interactions with users from the first contact to the publication of the results. Based on 253 responses we identified four ways that good research practices could be encouraged: i) motivating users to follow the advice and procedures for best research practice; ii) providing clear guidance on data-management practices; iii) improving communication along the whole research process; and iv) clearly defining the responsibilities of each party.
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Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (01PW18001)
- Isabelle C Kos-Braun
- Björn Gerlach
- Claudia Pitzer
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Peter Rodgers, eLife, United Kingdom
- Received: August 18, 2020
- Accepted: November 25, 2020
- Accepted Manuscript published: November 26, 2020 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: December 3, 2020 (version 2)
© 2020, Kos-Braun et al.
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