Date added: 26/04/2017 Nature signs up to guidelines for research transparency and openness
Nature signs up to guidelines for research transparency and openness
In 2014, the Nature Publishing Group worked with NIH and Science to hold a workshop on research rigor and reproducibility. A consensus set of principles and guidelines was developed for reporting preclinical research.
Now, a Nature editorial announces a commitment to greater transparency in research by becoming a signatory to the Transparency Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines.
What does this mean for cell lines?
From the 2014 NIH guidelines - sufficient information should be given to uniquely identify cell lines. Source, authentication, and mycoplasma contamination status should be reported.
From the TOP guidelines - transparency of research materials is one of eight core standards, each with three levels of stringency. Level I requires that authors state if materials are available and where to access them. Levels II and III require that published materials are posted to a trusted repository.
It’s a good time for laboratories to think how to respond.
Have cell lines been tested?
CellBank Australia offers services for mycoplasma and authentication testing.
Do cell lines need to be deposited at a repository?
CellBank Australia works with depositors to make your cell lines available to the research community.