Supporting study registration to reduce research waste

Marija Purgar, Paul Glasziou, Tin Klanjscek, Shinichi Nakagawa, Antica Culina

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An estimated 82-89% of ecological research and 85% of medical research has limited or no value to the end user because of various inefficiencies. We argue that registration and registered reports can enhance the quality and impact of ecological research. Drawing on evidence from other fields, chiefly medicine, we support our claim that registration can reduce research waste. However, increasing registration rates, quality and impact will be very slow without coordinated effort of funders, publishers and research institutions. We therefore call on them to facilitate the adoption of registration by providing adequate support. We outline several aspects to be considered when designing a registration system that would best serve the field of ecology. To further inform the development of such a system, we call for more research to identify the causes of low registration rates in ecology. We suggest short- and long-term actions to bolster registration and reduce research waste.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jun 2024


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