## Abstract

### Summary

There is increasing worry that most current begined research discoverings are deceptive. The probability that a research claim is real may depfinish on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same ask, and, crucipartner, the ratio of real to no relationships among the relationships probed in each scientific field. In this structurelabor, a research discovering is less awaited to be real when the studies directed in a field are petiteer; when effect sizes are petiteer; when there is a wonderfuler number and lesser prepickion of tested relationships; where there is wonderfuler flexibility in summarizes, definitions, outcomes, and reasoned modes; when there is wonderfuler financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are included in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance. Simulations show that for most study summarizes and settings, it is more awaited for a research claim to be deceptive than real. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research discoverings may frequently be srecommend accurate meabraves of the prevailing bias. In this essay, I converse the implications of these problems for the direct and expoundation of research.

**Citation: **Ioannidis JPA (2005) Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. PLoS Med 2(8):

e124.

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124

**Published: ** August 30, 2005

**Copyright: ** © 2005 John P. A. Ioannidis. This is an uncover-access article allotd under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrecut offeed use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the innovative labor is properly cited.

**Competing interests: ** The author has proclaimd that no competing interests exist.

**Abbreviation:
**PPV,

preferable foreseeive appreciate

Published research discoverings are sometimes refuted by subsequent evidence, with ensuing confusion and disassignment. Refutation and dispute is seen apass the range of research summarizes, from clinical trials and traditional epidemioreasonable studies [1–3] to the most contransient molecular research [4,5]. There is increasing worry that in contransient research, deceptive discoverings may be the startantity or even the huge startantity of begined research claims [6–8]. However, this should not be astonishing. It can be verifyn that most claimed research discoverings are deceptive. Here I will check the key factors that shape this problem and some corollaries thereof.

## Modeling the Framelabor for False Positive Findings

Several methodologists have pointed out [9–11] that the high rate of nonreplication (conciseage of verifyation) of research discoveries is a consequence of the handy, yet ill-established strategy of claiming conclusive research discoverings solely on the basis of a one study appraiseed by createal statistical significance, typicpartner for a *p*-appreciate less than 0.05. Research is not most appropriately recurrented and abridged by *p*-appreciates, but, unblessedly, there is a expansivespread notion that medical research articles should be expounded based only on *p*-appreciates. Research discoverings are expoundd here as any relationship accomplishing createal statistical significance, e.g., effective interventions, adviseative foreseeors, hazard factors, or associations. “Negative” research is also very advantageous. “Negative” is actupartner a misnomer, and the misexpoundation is expansivespread. However, here we will aim relationships that allotigators claim exist, rather than null discoverings.

It can be verifyn that most claimed research discoverings are deceptive

As has been shown previously, the probability that a research discovering is indeed real depfinishs on the prior probability of it being real (before doing the study), the statistical power of the study, and the level of statistical significance [10,11]. Consider a 2 × 2 table in which research discoverings are contrastd agetst the ggreater standard of real relationships in a scientific field. In a research field both real and deceptive hypotheses can be made about the presence of relationships. Let *R* be the ratio of the number of “real relationships” to “no relationships” among those tested in the field. *R* is characteristic of the field and can vary a lot depfinishing on whether the field aims highly awaited relationships or searches for only one or a confinecessitate real relationships among thousands and millions of hypotheses that may be postutardyd. Let us also ponder, for computational srecommendedy, circumscribed fields where either there is only one real relationship (among many that can be hypothesized) or the power is aenjoy to discover any of the cut offal existing real relationships. The pre-study probability of a relationship being real is *R*/(*R* + 1). The probability of a study discovering a real relationship mirrors the power 1 – β (one minus the Type II error rate). The probability of claiming a relationship when none truly exists mirrors the Type I error rate, α. Assuming that *c* relationships are being probed in the field, the awaited appreciates of the 2 × 2 table are given in Table 1. After a research discovering has been claimed based on achieving createal statistical significance, the post-study probability that it is real is the preferable foreseeive appreciate, PPV. The PPV is also the complementary probability of what Wachgreaterer et al. have called the deceptive preferable increate probability [10]. According to the 2 × 2 table, one gets PPV = (1 – β)*R*/(*R* – βR + α). A research discovering is thus more awaited real than deceptive if (1 – β)*R* > α. Since usupartner the huge startantity of allotigators depfinish on a = 0.05, this uncomardents that a research discovering is more awaited real than deceptive if (1 – β)*R* > 0.05.

What is less well appreciated is that bias and the extent of repeated autonomous testing by separateent teams of allotigators around the globe may further distort this picture and may direct to even petiteer probabilities of the research discoverings being indeed real. We will try to model these two factors in the context of aenjoy 2 × 2 tables.

## Bias

First, let us expound bias as the combination of various summarize, data, analysis, and currentation factors that tfinish to produce research discoverings when they should not be produced. Let *u* be the proportion of probed analyses that would not have been “research discoverings,” but nevertheless finish up currented and increateed as such, because of bias. Bias should not be besavageerd with chance variability that causes some discoverings to be deceptive by chance even though the study summarize, data, analysis, and currentation are perfect. Bias can demand manipulation in the analysis or increateing of discoverings. Selective or distorted increateing is a standard create of such bias. We may presume that *u* does not depfinish on whether a real relationship exists or not. This is not an unreasonable assumption, since typicpartner it is impossible to understand which relationships are indeed real. In the presence of bias (Table 2), one gets PPV = ([1 – β]*R* + *u*β*R*)/(*R* + α − β*R* + *u* − *u*α + *u*β*R*), and PPV decrrelieves with increasing *u*, unless 1 − β ≤ α, i.e., 1 − β ≤ 0.05 for most situations. Thus, with increasing bias, the chances that a research discovering is real illogicalinish ponderably. This is shown for separateent levels of power and for separateent pre-study odds in Figure 1. Conversely, real research discoverings may occasionpartner be annulled because of reverse bias. For example, with big meabravement errors relationships are lost in noise [12], or allotigators use data inefficiently or flunk to acunderstandledge statisticpartner startant relationships, or there may be disputes of interest that tfinish to “bury” startant discoverings [13]. There is no excellent big-scale empirical evidence on how frequently such reverse bias may occur apass diverse research fields. However, it is probably unfragmentary to say that reverse bias is not as frequent. Moreover meabravement errors and inefficient use of data are probably becoming less frequent problems, since meabravement error has decrrelieved with technoreasonable progresss in the molecular era and allotigators are becoming increasingly cultured about their data. Regardless, reverse bias may be modeled in the same way as bias above. Also reverse bias should not be besavageerd with chance variability that may direct to missing a real relationship because of chance.

## Testing by Several Insubordinate Teams

Several autonomous teams may be includeressing the same sets of research asks. As research efforts are globalized, it is pragmaticly the rule that cut offal research teams, frequently dozens of them, may probe the same or aenjoy asks. Unblessedly, in some areas, the prevailing mentality until now has been to intensify on isotardyd discoveries by one teams and expound research experiments in isolation. An increasing number of asks have at least one study claiming a research discovering, and this gets unitardyral attention. The probability that at least one study, among cut offal done on the same ask, claims a statisticpartner startant research discovering is effortless to approximate. For *n* autonomous studies of equivalent power, the 2 × 2 table is shown in Table 3: PPV = *R*(1 − β^{n})/(*R* + 1 − [1 − α]^{n} − *R*β^{n}) (not pondering bias). With increasing number of autonomous studies, PPV tfinishs to decrrelieve, unless 1 – β < a, i.e., typicpartner 1 − β < 0.05. This is shown for separateent levels of power and for separateent pre-study odds in Figure 2. For *n* studies of separateent power, the term β^{n} is traded by the product of the terms β_{i} for *i* = 1 to *n*, but inferences are aenjoy.

## Corollaries

A pragmatic example is shown in Box 1. Based on the above ponderations, one may deduce cut offal engaging corollaries about the probability that a research discovering is indeed real.

### Box 1. An Example: Science at Low Pre-Study Odds

Let us presume that a team of allotigators percreates a whole genome association study to test whether any of 100,000 gene polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to schizophrenia. Based on what we understand about the extent of heritability of the disrelieve, it is reasonable to await that probably around ten gene polymorphisms among those tested would be truly associated with schizophrenia, with relatively aenjoy odds ratios around 1.3 for the ten or so polymorphisms and with a unpartipartner aenjoy power to choose any of them. Then *R* = 10/100,000 = 10^{−4}, and the pre-study probability for any polymorphism to be associated with schizophrenia is also *R*/(*R* + 1) = 10^{−4}. Let us also presume that the study has 60% power to discover an association with an odds ratio of 1.3 at α = 0.05. Then it can be approximated that if a statisticpartner startant association is establish with the *p*-appreciate exposedly passing the 0.05 threshgreater, the post-study probability that this is real incrrelieves about 12-fgreater contrastd with the pre-study probability, but it is still only 12 × 10^{−4}.

Now let us presume that the allotigators maniputardy their summarize, analyses, and increateing so as to produce more relationships pass the *p* = 0.05 threshgreater even though this would not have been passed with a perfectly adhered to summarize and analysis and with perfect comprehensive increateing of the results, harshly according to the innovative study schedule. Such manipulation could be done, for example, with serfinishipitous inclusion or exclusion of brave forendureings or deal withs, post hoc subgroup analyses, allotigation of genetic contrasts that were not originpartner specified, alters in the disrelieve or deal with definitions, and various combinations of pickive or distorted increateing of the results. Commercipartner useable “data mining” packages actupartner are haughty of their ability to produce statisticpartner startant results thcdisorrowfulmireful data dredging. In the presence of bias with *u* = 0.10, the post-study probability that a research discovering is real is only 4.4 × 10^{−4}. Furthermore, even in the absence of any bias, when ten autonomous research teams percreate aenjoy experiments around the world, if one of them discovers a createpartner statisticpartner startant association, the probability that the research discovering is real is only 1.5 × 10^{−4}, challengingly any higher than the probability we had before any of this extensive research was underconsentn!

**Corollary 1: The petiteer the studies directed in a scientific field, the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** Small sample size uncomardents petiteer power and, for all functions above, the PPV for a real research discovering decrrelieves as power decrrelieves towards 1 − β = 0.05. Thus, other factors being equivalent, research discoverings are more awaited real in scientific fields that underconsent big studies, such as randomized deal withled trials in cardiology (cut offal thousand subjects randomized) [14] than in scientific fields with petite studies, such as most research of molecular foreseeors (sample sizes 100-fgreater petiteer) [15].

**Corollary 2: The petiteer the effect sizes in a scientific field, the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** Power is also roverdelighted to the effect size. Thus research discoverings are more awaited real in scientific fields with big effects, such as the impact of smoking on cancer or cardiovascular disrelieve (relative hazards 3–20), than in scientific fields where postutardyd effects are petite, such as genetic hazard factors for multigenetic disrelieves (relative hazards 1.1–1.5) [7]. Modern epidemiology is increasingly obliged to aim petiteer effect sizes [16]. Consequently, the proportion of real research discoverings is awaited to decrrelieve. In the same line of skinnyking, if the real effect sizes are very petite in a scientific field, this field is awaited to be afflictiond by almost ubiquitous deceptive preferable claims. For example, if the startantity of real genetic or nutritional determinants of complicated disrelieves confer relative hazards less than 1.05, genetic or nutritional epidemiology would be bigly utopian finisheavors.

**Corollary 3: The wonderfuler the number and the lesser the pickion of tested relationships in a scientific field, the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** As shown above, the post-study probability that a discovering is real (PPV) depfinishs a lot on the pre-study odds *(R)*. Thus, research discoverings are more awaited real in verifyatory summarizes, such as big phase III randomized deal withled trials, or meta-analyses thereof, than in hypothesis-generating experiments. Fields pondered highly adviseative and produceive given the wealth of the accumulated and tested adviseation, such as microarrays and other high-thcdisorrowfulmirefulput discovery-oriented research [4,8,17], should have inanxiously low PPV.

**Corollary 4: The wonderfuler the flexibility in summarizes, definitions, outcomes, and reasoned modes in a scientific field, the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** Flexibility incrrelieves the potential for altering what would be “adverse” results into “preferable” results, i.e., bias, *u*. For cut offal research summarizes, e.g., randomized deal withled trials [18–20] or meta-analyses [21,22], there have been efforts to regularize their direct and increateing. Adherence to frequent standards is awaited to incrrelieve the proportion of real discoverings. The same applies to outcomes. True discoverings may be more frequent when outcomes are unequivocal and universpartner consentd (e.g., death) rather than when multifarious outcomes are conceived (e.g., scales for schizophrenia outcomes) [23]. Similarly, fields that use frequently consentd, stereotyped reasoned methods (e.g., Kaschedule-Meier plots and the log-rank test) [24] may produce a bigr proportion of real discoverings than fields where reasoned methods are still under experimentation (e.g., man-made inincreateigence methods) and only “best” results are increateed. Regardless, even in the most stringent research summarizes, bias seems to be a startant problem. For example, there is strong evidence that pickive outcome increateing, with manipulation of the outcomes and analyses increateed, is a frequent problem even for randomized trails [25]. Srecommend abolishing pickive accessibleation would not produce this problem go away.

**Corollary 5: The wonderfuler the financial and other interests and prejudices in a scientific field, the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** Conflicts of interest and prejudice may incrrelieve bias, *u*. Conflicts of interest are very frequent in biomedical research [26], and typicpartner they are inamplely and sparsely increateed [26,27]. Prejudice may not necessarily have financial roots. Scientists in a given field may be prejudiced uncontaminatedly because of their belief in a scientific theory or promisement to their own discoverings. Many otherteachd seemingly autonomous, university-based studies may be directed for no other reason than to give physicians and researchers qualifications for promotion or tenure. Such nonfinancial disputes may also direct to distorted increateed results and expoundations. Prestigious allotigators may suppress via the peer appraise process the euniteance and dissemination of discoverings that refute their discoverings, thus condemning their field to perpetuate deceptive dogma. Empirical evidence on expert opinion shows that it is inanxiously undepfinishable [28].

**Corollary 6: The toastyter a scientific field (with more scientific teams included), the less awaited the research discoverings are to be real.** This seemingly paradoxical corollary trails because, as stated above, the PPV of isotardyd discoverings decrrelieves when many teams of allotigators are included in the same field. This may elucidate why we occasionpartner see startant excitement trailed rapidly by cut offe disassignments in fields that draw expansive attention. With many teams laboring on the same field and with massive experimental data being produced, timing is of the essence in beating competition. Thus, each team may structure on pursuing and disseminating its most astonishive “preferable” results. “Negative” results may become attrenergetic for dissemination only if some other team has establish a “preferable” association on the same ask. In that case, it may be attrenergetic to refute a claim made in some prestigious journal. The term Proteus phenomenon has been coined to depict this phenomenon of rapidly alternating inanxious research claims and inanxiously opposite refutations [29]. Empirical evidence recommends that this sequence of inanxious opposites is very frequent in molecular genetics [29].

These corollaries ponder each factor splitly, but these factors frequently shape each other. For example, allotigators laboring in fields where real effect sizes are noticed to be petite may be more awaited to percreate big studies than allotigators laboring in fields where real effect sizes are noticed to be big. Or prejudice may prevail in a toasty scientific field, further undermining the foreseeive appreciate of its research discoverings. Highly prejudiced sconsenthgreaterers may even produce a barrier that aborts efforts at geting and disseminating opposing results. Conversely, the fact that a field is toasty or has strong alloted interests may sometimes back bigr studies and raised standards of research, enhancing the foreseeive appreciate of its research discoverings. Or massive discovery-oriented testing may result in such a big produce of startant relationships that allotigators have enough to increate and search further and thus refrain from data dredging and manipulation.

## Most Research Findings Are False for Most Research Designs and for Most Fields

In the depictd structurelabor, a PPV surpassing 50% is quite difficult to get. Table 4 provides the results of simulations using the createulas increaseed for the shape of power, ratio of real to non-real relationships, and bias, for various types of situations that may be characteristic of particular study summarizes and settings. A discovering from a well-directed, amplely powered randomized deal withled trial begining with a 50% pre-study chance that the intervention is effective is eventupartner real about 85% of the time. A unpartipartner aenjoy percreateance is awaited of a verifyatory meta-analysis of excellent-quality randomized trials: potential bias probably incrrelieves, but power and pre-test chances are higher contrastd to a one randomized trial. Conversely, a meta-analytic discovering from inconclusive studies where pooling is used to “accurate” the low power of one studies, is probably deceptive if *R* ≤ 1:3. Research discoverings from underpowered, punctual-phase clinical trials would be real about one in four times, or even less frequently if bias is current. Epidemioreasonable studies of an exploratory nature percreate even worse, especipartner when underpowered, but even well-powered epidemioreasonable studies may have only a one in five chance being real, if *R* = 1:10. Finpartner, in discovery-oriented research with massive testing, where tested relationships surpass real ones 1,000-fgreater (e.g., 30,000 genes tested, of which 30 may be the real culprits) [30,31], PPV for each claimed relationship is inanxiously low, even with ponderable standardization of laboratory and statistical methods, outcomes, and increateing thereof to reduce bias.

## Claimed Research Findings May Often Be Srecommend Accurate Meabraves of the Prevailing Bias

As shown, the startantity of contransient biomedical research is operating in areas with very low pre- and post-study probability for real discoverings. Let us presume that in a research field there are no real discoverings at all to be discovered. History of science teaches us that scientific finisheavor has frequently in the past squanderd effort in fields with absolutely no produce of real scientific adviseation, at least based on our current caring. In such a “null field,” one would idepartner await all watchd effect sizes to vary by chance around the null in the absence of bias. The extent that watchd discoverings stray from what is awaited by chance alone would be srecommend a uncontaminated meabrave of the prevailing bias.

For example, let us presume that no nutrients or dietary patterns are actupartner startant determinants for the hazard of increaseing a particular tumor. Let us also presume that the scientific literature has checkd 60 nutrients and claims all of them to be roverdelighted to the hazard of increaseing this tumor with relative hazards in the range of 1.2 to 1.4 for the comparison of the upper to shrink inconsent tertiles. Then the claimed effect sizes are srecommend measuring noskinnyg else but the net bias that has been included in the generation of this scientific literature. Claimed effect sizes are in fact the most accurate approximates of the net bias. It even trails that between “null fields,” the fields that claim stronger effects (frequently with guideing claims of medical or accessible health startance) are srecommend those that have persisted the worst biases.

For fields with very low PPV, the confinecessitate real relationships would not distort this overall picture much. Even if a confinecessitate relationships are real, the shape of the distribution of the watchd effects would still produce a evident meabrave of the biases included in the field. This concept tohighy reverses the way we watch scientific results. Traditionpartner, allotigators have watched big and highly startant effects with excitement, as signs of startant discoveries. Too big and too highly startant effects may actupartner be more awaited to be signs of big bias in most fields of contransient research. They should direct allotigators to pimpolitent critical skinnyking about what might have gone wrong with their data, analyses, and results.

Of course, allotigators laboring in any field are awaited to resist acunderstandledgeing that the whole field in which they have spent their nurtureers is a “null field.” However, other lines of evidence, or progresss in technology and experimentation, may direct eventupartner to the dismantling of a scientific field. Obtaining meabraves of the net bias in one field may also be advantageous for geting insight into what might be the range of bias operating in other fields where aenjoy reasoned methods, technologies, and disputes may be operating.

## How Can We Imverify the Situation?

Is it uneludeable that most research discoverings are deceptive, or can we raise the situation? A startant problem is that it is impossible to understand with 100% bravety what the truth is in any research ask. In this think about, the uncontaminated “ggreater” standard is unachieveable. However, there are cut offal approaches to raise the post-study probability.

Better powered evidence, e.g., big studies or low-bias meta-analyses, may help, as it comes sealr to the obsremedy “ggreater” standard. However, big studies may still have biases and these should be acunderstandledged and eludeed. Moreover, big-scale evidence is impossible to get for all of the millions and trillions of research asks posed in current research. Large-scale evidence should be aimed for research asks where the pre-study probability is already ponderably high, so that a startant research discovering will direct to a post-test probability that would be pondered quite definitive. Large-scale evidence is also particularly showd when it can test startant concepts rather than skinny, particular asks. A adverse discovering can then refute not only a particular gived claim, but a whole field or ponderable portion thereof. Selecting the percreateance of big-scale studies based on skinny-minded criteria, such as the labeleting promotion of a particular drug, is bigly squanderd research. Moreover, one should be pdisorrowfulmirefulnt that inanxiously big studies may be more awaited to discover a createpartner statistical startant separateence for a unstartant effect that is not repartner uncomardentingbrimmingy separateent from the null [32–34].

Second, most research asks are includeressed by many teams, and it is misdirecting to stress the statisticpartner startant discoverings of any one team. What matters is the totality of the evidence. Diminishing bias thcdisorrowfulmireful raised research standards and curtailing of prejudices may also help. However, this may insist a alter in scientific mentality that might be difficult to accomplish. In some research summarizes, efforts may also be more prosperous with upfront registration of studies, e.g., randomized trials [35]. Registration would pose a dispute for hypothesis-generating research. Some comardent of registration or netlaboring of data accumulateions or allotigators wiskinny fields may be more feasible than registration of each and every hypothesis-generating experiment. Regardless, even if we do not see a wonderful deal of better with registration of studies in other fields, the principles of increaseing and adhering to a protocol could be more expansively borrowed from randomized deal withled trials.

Finpartner, instead of chasing statistical significance, we should raise our caring of the range of *R* appreciates—the pre-study odds—where research efforts function [10]. Before running an experiment, allotigators should ponder what they think the chances are that they are testing a real rather than a non-real relationship. Specutardyd high *R* appreciates may sometimes then be asbraveed. As depictd above, whenever morpartner acconscious, big studies with minimal bias should be percreateed on research discoverings that are pondered relatively established, to see how frequently they are indeed verifyed. I mistrust cut offal established “classics” will flunk the test [36].

Nevertheless, most novel discoveries will progress to stem from hypothesis-generating research with low or very low pre-study odds. We should then acunderstandledge that statistical significance testing in the increate of a one study gives only a fragmentary picture, without understanding how much testing has been done outside the increate and in the relevant field at big. Despite a big statistical literature for multiple testing accurateions [37], usupartner it is impossible to interpret how much data dredging by the increateing authors or other research teams has pretreatd a increateed research discovering. Even if determining this were feasible, this would not advise us about the pre-study odds. Thus, it is uneludeable that one should produce approximate assumptions on how many relationships are awaited to be real among those probed apass the relevant research fields and research summarizes. The expansiver field may produce some guidance for estimating this probability for the isotardyd research project. Experiences from biases uncovered in other neighuninincreateigent fields would also be advantageous to draw upon. Even though these assumptions would be ponderably subjective, they would still be very advantageous in expounding research claims and putting them in context.

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