EDITORIAL

A swan in the making

Science  22 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6199, pp. 855
DOI: 10.1126/science.1259740

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Summary

Reproducibility is the ugly duckling of science. It provokes distress, denial, and passionate calls for action. With $1.5 trillion spent globally each year on R&D,* the idea that 80% of it is irreproducible† can cause downright dread. It threatens the foundations and credibility of the scientific enterprise. But look past the surface, and reproducibility may well be a swan in the making.