Reproducibility of experiments

FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA
Fri Apr 2 15:00:43 EST 1993


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        ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS

It is axiomatic that authors must provide sufficient experimental details
so that others can reproduce their work. This sometimes involves providing
  a reference to some well established method paper. However, quite often
one finds that a "kit" has been used. This comes with a set of instruct-
ions. In the paper the author simply names  the source of the kit and say
that he/she followed the procedures described in the kit "according to
the manufacturer's instructions". Now, in these hard times, a manufacturer
today may not be a manufacturer tomorrow. So details of kits and the instruct-
ions may just disappear. Result. Inability to reproduce experiments.
Solution? Editors must insist that authors provide full information. Editors
should NOT accept phrases such as "according to the manufacturer's instructions
".  Any comments? Editors? Authors? Manufacturer's?
                                                   Sincerely,
                                                   Don Forsdyke,
                                                   Discussion Leader.
                                                   Bionet.journals.note



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