Suppliers, a new initiative aimed at improving the accuracy of reporting on the use of research reagents has been launched and needs your support. 

The MDAR – Materials Design Analysis Reporting framework has just been published in PNAS, with the aim of improving reproducibility and transparency in life science research by encouraging transparent reporting by researchers. 

The framework is targeted at journals, funders and researchers, but is highly relevant to lifescience reagent suppliers – their support in promoting this framework as widely as possible will help ensure its success and the betterment of the sector. 

The framework is the outcome of an initiative lead by the MDAR working group, which includes Professor Malcolm Macleod from the University of Edinburgh, David Mellor from the Centre of Open Science, and editors from Wiley, Nature, eLife, Science, PLoS (Public Library of Science), and Cell Press. 

The Center for Open Science will house and maintain the framework, with the hope that journals around the world adopt its use. 

Dr Andrew Chalmers, founder of CiteAb, said: “This new framework is a significant step forward in ensuring accurate reporting and the reproducibility of life science research. Key sections of this new framework focus on the accurate reporting of research reagents, including antibodies and cell lines – this is clearly directly relevant to the efforts we have made over recent years here at CiteAb to help researchers and the reagent suppliers we work with to find the right reagents for their work. 

“This is an initiative that we fully support and we know it is an area which the reagent suppliers we work with will also value – researchers can only see the prior use of a product if it can be accurately identified! I would call on all reagent suppliers to support the framework’s launch by promoting it to their customer base, as well as sharing it with our contacts within journals, funding bodies and learned societies. We hope the life science reagent sector will come together to help spread the word.” 

To read more about the MDAR Framework see https://www.pnas.org/content/118/17/e2103238118.long#ack-1. We welcome you using content from our blog post to share with your customers – please do help yourself – there is no need to request permission.