Thought it might be of interest. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/201...ience-and-they-ll-step-some-toes-if-they-have Excerpt: Metaresearchers investigate how scientists operate, and how they can slip off the rails. "We've seen things that we felt were not OK," Wicherts says. "The first way to deal with it, that's our conviction, is to study these things." They're motivated by the desire to make science better, although Van Assen is drawn to the detective work. "What I like most is to solve puzzles," he says. By scrutinizing the problems, metaresearchers aim to help scientists do more robust research. Thanks to a €2 million grant from the European Research Council (ERC), for example, the Tilburg group is starting to build software that could help researchers explore data with less risk of bias.