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Ripeta honoured as ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing finalist

13th September 2019
 | Alex Jackson

Ripeta was thrilled to be a finalist in the 2019 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. A previous Digital Science Catalyst grant winner, ripeta was one of four finalists in this year’s awards, with Scite taking the grand prize last night.

Digital Science portfolio company, ripeta, aims to make better science easier by identifying and highlighting the important parts of research that should be transparently presented in a manuscript and other materials. The tool detects and evaluates the key evidence for reproducibility in science through software and analytics development; improving evidence-based science and fiscal efficiency of research investments. These tools leverage sophisticated machine-learning and natural language processing algorithms to extract key reproducibility elements from research articles.

Leslie McIntosh, CEO of ripeta, said: “We’d first of all like to congratulate Scite on winning the ALPSP Innovation Award. We were truly honoured to be an award finalist. ALPSP has helped introduce us to a great community and have truly supported our work, giving us more visibility and raising awareness of what we do.”

Ripeta focuses on assessing the quality of the reporting and robustness of the scientific method rather than the quality of the science. The company’s long-term goal includes developing a suite of tools across the broader spectrum of sciences to understand and measure the key standards and limitations for scientific reproducibility across the research lifecycle and enable an automated approach to their assessment and dissemination.

Ripeta this week launched a report focusing on falsifiability and reproducibility in scientific research. The report addresses three areas including appropriate documentation and sharing of research data, clear analysis and processes, and the sharing of code. Making Science Better: Reproducibility, Falsifiability and the Scientific Method looks at the current state of reproducibility in 2019, as well as the importance of falsifiability in the research process.

McIntosh added: “While technological innovations have accelerated scientific discoveries, they have complicated scientific reporting. Science is hard and reproducibility is important, so we need to make better science easier.

“We are developing the tools to make research methods transparent, enabling the verifiability, falsifiability and reproducibility of research.”

Making Science Better Reproducibility Falsifiability and the Scientific Method