Hetz Lab

In order to contribute to the scientific development to the field and contribute to reproducibility, our lab developed an internal policy of total transparency.

All full scans of all publications are now freely available here in the website. In addition, we are in the process of providing all original raw data for each paper from our lab that was created in 2008 at the University of Chile. In the last years, all has been stored on a server organized by figure panel and is fully available for researchers upon request.

Here we have generated a data repository for full scans of Western blots and agarose gels. We are also currently including for recent papers statistical analysis of independent experiments.  This will help our colleagues troubleshooting antibodies and also accessing raw data of cropped gels. In addition, since 2017 as part of this policy all lab books are revised once a moth and all image splicing and statistical analysis and number of replicates are indicated in figure legends.

Importantly, we are aware of the posts of PubPeer pointing out to possible errors in some of our publications. We have considered these comments seriously, and we have uploaded here responses to all queries to the papers of our lab as Principal investigator, an effort lead by each first author of the studies. In addition, we posted many of our responses to PubPeer for transparency. Editorial offices have been informed when errors were confirmed by our group to define further actions. All communication with editorial offices is included in the single files provided here.

We are currently in the process of improving our lab standards to avoid this type of mistakes in the future. These include:

  • Revision and sing by the principal investigator of all lab books of all lab members in principle once a month.
  • Reduction of lab size.
  • A politic of lab books storage and data backup with a lab server.
  • The obligation to provide raw data and all individual measurements, images etc, before publications.
  • Post in our website full scans of all papers, and excel files with individual N and statistical analysis.
  • We review manuscripts and figures by a team of lab members before submission, in addition to an external investigator.
  • As director of the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI) I personally generated and led a “Science Comitee” composed by professors, postdocs and students to generate strategies and common lab standard to improve the quality of our science. These included two workshops about lab book use, talks about animal experimentation ethics, discussions about data storage with all PIs and the obligation to backup all data of papers published by BNI as a server.


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