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The R-Factor: A Measure of Scientific Veracity
  • Joshua Nicholson,
  • Yuri Lazebnik
Joshua Nicholson
Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Yuri Lazebnik
Yale University Cardiovascular Research Center, New Haven, CT 06511

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Scientists, institutions and journals have been increasingly evaluated statistically, by metrics that focus on the number of published reports rather than on their content, raising a concern that this approach interferes with the progress of biomedical research. To offset this effect, we propose to use the R-factor, a metric that indicates whether a report or its conclusions have been verified.