Rigor & Reproducibility
A. Eight steps to Rigorous and Reproducible Experiments in Biomolecular Research at UNC:
- If using a core facility, consult with the core staff in the planning stage. Consult with a statistician if you need help developing a Power Analysis to assure that your results will be adequately powered.
- Design your experiment with sufficient controls (rigor) and replicates (reproducibility).
- Assure that ALL of your reagents (antibodies, cell lines, mice) are fully validated (see below).
- Have a clear and detailed protocol (SOP) and data analysis plan. Assure that the protocol is strictly followed or that any deviation is well documented.
- Assure that the staff or students performing the experiment are well trained and understand each step and the importance of performing them precisely.
- Use only well-maintained instrumentation, preferably maintained and operated in a core facility with expert staff (see #1 above).
- Document all steps, reagents, equipment and data analysis methods used in the experiment. Assure that the both the documentation and the data itself are properly stored in a safe data management repository.
- Acknowledge NIH Grant P30 DK034987, the core (by name), and core staff in publications.
Additional Articles about Ab Validation: https://www.euromabnet.com/guidelines/articles-about-antibody-validation.php
Learn about the NIH Initiative to Enhance Reproducibility through Rigor and Transparency. (Video)
Resource Authentication Plan: https://grants.nih.gov/reproducibility/faqs.htm#V
What Kind of Information Should I Include in My Application’s Resource Authentication Plan? Check out instructions on NIH Nexus Blog.