BenchSci: New Addition to Researcher Tools

August 16, 2017

The Office for Research announces the addition of a new resource to the Researcher Tools section of its website: BenchSci, a free program that allows scientists to find antibody usage data in published figures.

“BenchSci allows researchers to share their experiences with antibodies regardless of whether they plan to publish the results,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “This will be a game changer for biomedical researchers by contributing to antibody authentication, a major concern of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rigor and Reproducibility initiative.”

In 2014 NIH held a joint workshop with the Nature Publishing Group and Science to consider issues of reproducibility and rigor in research findings. The workshop focused on identifying common opportunities in the scientific publishing arena to enhance rigor and further support research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent. Antibody authentication continues to be one of the major topics of the Rigor and Reproducibility initiative and universities are continuing to address NIH guidelines with regard to how training should be handled.

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