Glossary of terms used in design and analysis
An overview of concerns in the literature about poor experimental design

There are extensive sources of guidance on study design and statistical analysis in a separate section of this website. These, together with a statistician, should be consulted at an early stage.
Other sections of the PREPARE guidelines cover the animal and facility related issues of experimental design. See the menu at the top of this page.

Pre-registration of animal research

The pre-registration of protocols for animal research is gaining momentum, enabling peer review and as part of the work to reduce bias:


Depositories for online protocols


Registration of accidents or critical incidents

If unexpected or undesirable incidents occur during a study, scientists have at the very least a moral obligation to help prevent this from happening in future research. There are now centres which allow registration of such incidents, such as CIRS-LAS.


Further reading:

This page was updated on 07 September 2020

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