A STAR Is Born

A STAR Is Born – Cell Press transforms the methods section of articles to improved transparency and accessibility. As one of the steps to improve scientific reproducibility, the biomedical journal Cell will introduce a redesigned methods section to help authors to communicate more clearly how experiments are conducted. As stated by Cell, ‘the Structured, Transparent, Accessible Reporting (STAR) Methods promote rigor and robustness with an intuitive, consistent framework that integrates seamlessly into the scientific information flow – making reporting easier for authors and replication easier for readers. The focus is on the “Key Resources Table,” which offers an overview of the key reagents and resources (e.g. antibodies, animal models or software) used to produce the results in the paper.’ This initiative highlights the importance of the methods section in the scientific literature and will help to support robust and rigorous reporting. LINK

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