The Problem of Irreproducibility

George Johnson has had several columns claiming that much published research is based on false findings. 

His first column was based on Ioannidis’s controversial article about the false findings in biomedical studies. Naturally, one wonders how much more false findings (and conclusions) are prevalent in the social sciences and humanities, when there are fewer reality checks in place.

As Johnson notes:

All scientific results are, of course, subject to revision and refutation by later experiments. The problem comes when these replications don’t occur and the information keeps spreading unchecked.


Other studies on this issue include: