Dear IMAG and MSM Members,
The Biophysical Journal (BJ) and its publisher the Biophysical Society are committed to the principles that research should be reported with sufficient detail to assure reproducibility and that the products of research be disseminated. Accordingly, and because of the recent charge by the NIH leadership, we have been working on revamping the BJ guidelines for the reproducibility and sharing of research. The new “Guidelines for the Reproducibility of Biophysics Research” (http://www.cell.com/pb/assets/raw/journals/society/biophysj/PDFs/reproducibility-guidelines.pdf) went live on April 8. I thought the IMAG community might be interested because it had to anticipate the needs of the broad and diverse biophysics research community. Please do take a look at it – it is the product of several months of intense work by the Biophysical Society leadership and its Publications Committee and Public Affairs Committee. Indeed, these guidelines may serve as a model for other basic science journals as they develop their own. We anticipate that our Guidelines will be a living document and will be continually enhanced as new community standard and community-supported data repositories emerge.
Editor in Chief, Biophysical Journal