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Meta-research is research that uses the methods of science to study science itself. Also known as meta-science or the science of science, it involves studying the processes and decisions that shape the evolution of scientific research. This collection of articles highlights the breadth of meta-research with articles on topics as diverse as gender bias in peer review, statistical power in clinical trials and the readability of the scientific literature. Information on submitting meta-research papers to eLife is available in eLife Latest: Highlighting meta-research.
Peter A RodgersFeatures Editor, eLife, United Kingdom